Water treatment plant hopes to save Jordan River
It is well known that the Jordan River has been one of Israel’s most polluted bodies of water for some time now, specifically the southern section next to Kibbutz Degania, Israel’s first Kibbutz, and many significant archaeological sights. Nevertheless, the Jordan Valley Regional Council and the Tiberias water corporation joined to work on a NIS 60 million water treatment plant which is supposed to supply 19 million cubic meters of water a year.
The Bitanya treatment plant is scheduled to open in about two years and will treat wastewater, salty springwater, and freshwater to be used for agriculture. It is the first step in saving the downriver section of the Jordan. At this point, the flow of sewage even violates the terms of the peace agreement with Jordan, which states that water must be usable for agriculture.
Since there are many historic sites in the region, preparations have been made to restore them and combine them with a larger tourist project, so hopefully things will go as planned and the Jordan River will only get cleaner.
For more information on the Bitanya treatment plant, please check out this article from Haaretz.