Water Crises in Israel: When will it Stop?

Israel has finally “solved” its problem with water. Well, this is a common headline with regards to world-leading water management as well as technology of Israel. However, if tourists, farmers and residents alike will never have to worry of their tap running dry. This is because the nation has invested a large sum of money and thorough consideration on this matter. Everything is done in an effort to solve the water crisis.

Desperate of Resolving the Water Problem?

Almost half a decade suffering from serious drought, it is more precise to say that the country is inventing and at the same time, implementing a more practical approach in resolving the problem. As a result of climate change, the October to March rainy season significantly reduced to few torrentially rainy days. This has lead to the drop of water in just few months time. In such situations, even the government is asking for its citizen’s to stay hard for longer.

From 2005, seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation play a crucial role in guaranteeing that there’s enough water supply for the country.

To be more accurate, 2.1 billion cubic meters every year for every household, agriculture and all other industries in Israel.

Then, 31% from the irrigation originates from the treated wastewater of more than 150 plants. The treated brackish water is being supplied from 45 plants. These 45 plants are then accommodating both the non-agricultural and agricultural needs.

Direct from the Supply

In fact, around 60 to 80 percent of municipal water from the country has adjusted as per real-time demand and season, the flows from plants in

  • Ashkelon
  • Ashdod
  • Sorek
  • Hadera and;
  • Palmachim

And since 2013, Sorek has been in operation. They are actually the biggest desolation plant in the world that utilizes seawater reverse osmosis. This is being powered by the government via water treatment pioneer IDE technologies which was founded by Technion-trained scientists in 1965.

And today, IDE is a multinational firm holding wastewater treatment installation and desalination water system in over 40 countries. Then, Mekorot. They are distributing desalinated water after the minerals are readded to 57 municipal water utilities across Israel. From Sorek, it just costs roughly 55 cents for every cubic meter. Well in comparison, it is only costing 10 cents in getting a cubic meter of freshwater from the natural resources of Israel in which the supply is declining at a fast rate. Believe it or not, in some countries, the cost for desalinated water is at 3 dollars per cubic meter.

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