Israel will start construction of a water project at Jordan Lakes, a major source of water for the Jewish state, on the shores of Lake Chelan in Jordan.
According to Israel Water and Power, the Jordan Lake dam will provide 1.55 million cubic meters (4.3 million cubic feet) of water per day to 1.2 million people in the northern Israel-occupied West Bank.
The new project is the first in the Israeli water-sharing system, the country’s first such project, according to a report by Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
Israel began constructing a water system to supply the Jewish State with fresh water in 1972, and since then has pumped an estimated 1.6 trillion cubic meters of water out of the Red Sea.
Israel’s water projects have faced a series of challenges in recent years, including shortages and the loss of some of the countrys largest dams.
Israel, which has been building new water projects in the West Bank, was expected to open the dam in mid-2016.
The construction project was originally slated to start in the summer of 2018.
But the project was delayed due to construction work on the border with Syria, according a report in Haaretz.
Construction work in Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, has put pressure on Israel to begin construction on a new water project.
The country is currently facing the worst drought in a century, and Israel has been struggling to find water sources for the people of the West Wall and the Gaza Strip.