Israeli infrastructure minister, Eliyahu Suissa, expressed cautious optimism on Thursday about importing water from Turkey to meet Israel's emergency needs, reported Haaretz newspaper.
Suissa was speaking after a meeting with members of a delegation from his ministry who recently traveled to Turkey for talks on the issue. The minister said the price Turkey is asking is still too high, but there remains room for negotiation, said the paper.
Suissa directed Mekorot Water Company to prepare a tender for transporting water from Turkey.
Suissa added that any importation of water from Turkey would be for an interim period until a desalination plant is built.
A committee of ministers dealing with economic issues decided in April to issue a tender for a desalination plant in September, Haaretz said.
The Turks are asking 12-15 cents per cubic meter for water and the final cost per cubic meter could be 85-90 cents, according to Haaretz – Albawaba.com
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