Israel Signs Agreement with Turkey to Import Water

2004-03-04 An agreement in principle to import water from Turkey was signed today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem
According to the agreement, signed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director Yoav Biran and his Turkish counterpart Or Laziel, Israel will import 50 million cubic meters of water per year for a period of 20 years, for a total of one billion cubic meters.

The water will be brought to Israel from a water export facility built by the Turks on the Manbaget river in the south of the country. The price of the water and method of transportation will be decided in negotiations between the sides.
The amount of water Israel would import from Turkey will constitute 3 percent of the country’s drinking water consumption.