Red-Dead water conveyance system review due soon
Several alternatives under consideration.
A preliminary report on potential alternatives to the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Programme, also known as the Red-Dead project, is expected to be completed next week, according to a senior World Bank consultant.
Launched earlier this year, the study evaluates and compares strategic alternatives to preserve the shrinking Dead Sea and augment the supply of water to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, writes the Jordan Times.
A team of three experts hired by the World Bank based on the recommendation of the three governments is currently reviewing various alternatives to the Red-Dead project.
The alternative scenarios include the rehabilitation of the lower part of the Jordan River, which suffers from over-pumping and pollution, and the transfer of water from the Mediterranean Sea or water sources in Turkey and Iraq. Other options include alternative desalination projects, improved management of the water sector in the three countries, or a hybrid of the aforementioned alternatives.
According to study programme team leader Alexander McPhail, the draft report will be ready next week for viewing by the concerned authorities.
Once the alternatives are examined, the final report is due in December, World Bank officials said previously.
Meanwhile, the best available data reports for the modelling studies of the Red Sea and the Dead Sea have been completed as scheduled and are currently being examined by stakeholders.
"The best available data reports were received on time from the two consulting firms and are now under review and comment by the three governments, the panel of experts and the World Bank," McPhail, a water and sanitation specialist, said in a statement sent to The Jordan Times via e-mail on Monday.
The Red Sea Modelling Study explores the impact of the Red-Dead project on the physical, chemical and biological make-up of the Red Sea, including concerns over possible effects on coral reefs and marine life.
The Dead Sea Modelling Study examines the impact of the scheme on the Dead Sea, its surroundings and water quality, according to the World Bank.
"Once we have the final report, it will be posted on the website. Until we have a final version of a report, we cannot discuss what they say," said McPhail.
The Red-Dead project seeks to halt the continuous decline of the Dead Sea and provide potable water to Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
The final feasibility report of the Red-Dead project will be ready in May next year, while the Environmental and Social Assessment is expected in October 2011, World Bank consultants said previously.