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July 23, 2012 6:00 am

Israel to Return 150 Million Cubic Meters of Water to Jordan River

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Jordan River. Photo: wiki commons.

Israel will rehabilitate the Jordan River by returning 150 million cubic meters of water there per year, Reuters reported.

“That way in 10 years, we will erase our debt [to nature],” Israeli Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said.

The biblical river currently contains just “five percent of what once flowed,” according to Ben Ari, one of the rehabilitation project’s leaders.

Jordan River revival comes as Israel continues to bolster is water infrastructure. The country currently re-uses 75 percent of its wastewater, and by next year 85 percent of its drinking water is expected to come from desalination plants.

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