Clean Water and Sanitation
Israel - Saving Water, and the World
If necessity is the mother of invention, then Israel’s water challenges are the mother of the world’s most innovative water solutions. Israel is a world leader in water. This is why 10,000 people from 90 countries will be attending this year’s WATEC expo and conference in Tel Aviv this coming September.
Proof in the pudding: About 92% of Israeli wastewater gets treated and 75% is used for agricultural irrigation. Israel plans to recycle 95% of its wastewater for irrigation by the end of 2025.
No less than ten Israeli governmental and non-governmental organizations have developed advanced home-grown water technologies for irrigation, purification, filtering, desalination, conservation, monitoring and recycling. Companies like Mekorot, Arad Technologies, Tahal Group, Plasson Industries and Ham-let are sharing their technologies with countries like Angola, China, Ghana, Serbia, Spain and the United States.
Here are a few examples:
- Innovation: Africa. The recent recipient of a UN award for transforming lives in seven African countries, this non-profit group used the Israeli-invented technology Netafim irrigation systems to enable farmers to grow more crops with less water, and solar energy systems that pump water from aquifers, so that the villagers would no longer need to spend hours finding and fetching water.
- IsraAID’s project WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) specializes in custom-tailored water solutions for communities in Fiji, Haiti, the South Pacific, Kenya and Uganda. From gravity systems which bring water down to villages from mountain springs, to training the unemployed to be water technicians, IsraAID has left no stone unturned.
- Tevel b’Tzedek. Damage to a major irrigation canal in a Nepali village (partially built by Tevel) sent Tevel staff racing to repair the canal and strengthen its walls, reestablishing water supply to 224 households. Tevel is also setting up systems to enable Nepali villagers to conserve water through Israeli methods, such as the famed drip irrigation system.
- G.A.L. Water Technologies of Caesarea, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has provided free water-treatment products to African nations for more than twenty years, for example, G.A.L. mobile water purification, storage and distribution vehicles that were delivered to Papua New Guinea and to the Pacific Marshall Islands.
- NUFiltration. Another technology used by IsraAID, this time in Equador, the NUF system turned washing water into purified drinking water without electricity. This technology came in handy after an earthquake contaminated the waters of several villages.
These are just some of Israel’s water works that are in the works, and that will be proudly acknowledged on World Water Day, on March 22nd.