As the Dead Sea dries up, countries, industrialists and environmental groups are divided about a proposal to refill it with water from the Red Sea. The World Bank will be holding “Red-Dead Conduit” public hearings this week.
Israel, Jordan and Syria have been diverting about 98% of the Jordan River, drying up the Dead Sea’s source of water. Companies have also been pumping Dead Sea water into evaporating ponds to extract minerals.
The World Bank is now studying the feasibility of a $19 billion plan to channel the water from the Red Sea into the Dead Sea.
There is concern about the biological and chemical effects of mixing the seas and whether this plan would solve the root of the problem.