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May 22, 2019

Dead Sea could be resurrected with $1.5B plan

November 30, 2018
Sinkholes are seen on the shore of the Dead Sea near the village of al-Haditha in Jordan on March 11, 2018. (AHMAD ABDO / AFP/Getty Images)

The Dead Sea’s water level will soon be nonexistent without help, but a $1.5 billion plan hopes to bring it back to life.

Every year, more than 3 feet of water is diminishing from the religious, historical body of water between Israel and Jordan, according to NBC News.

Sinkholes have damaged public infrastructure, resulting in a decline in tourism and prompting worry among residents and experts.

“Saving the Dead Sea is the responsibility of the entire world,” said Fathi Al Haweime, an elected government official for the area south of the sea in Jordan.

Some experts think the entire sea will be gone by 2050 — and others think only a fragment of it will survive.

Climate change may cause temperatures to rise as high as 11 degrees by the end of the 21st century, as shown in a feasibility study report.

“These changes will combine to adversely impact on water supply and demand budgets, the Dead Sea water mass balance and the long term environmental baseline of the region,” the report explained.

Rainfall is also expected to fall by 30%.

The billion-dollar project, called The Red Sea-Dead Sea conveyance project, would build a desalination facility in Jordan to create drinking water from the Red Sea.

It would pump excess salty sea water back into the Dead Sea.

Project director Nabil Zoubile said the plan may soon open to bidders, allowing construction to start in 2021.

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