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Israel Sends Wrong Message About Desalination

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“SDL Desalination Ltd, a company owned by IDE Technologies and Hong Kong’s Hutchison Water, announced earlier this week that it has begun construction on the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant. The plant, slated to be ready by 2013, is the final one of three that are intended to meet 44% of Israel’s water needs in 2013.

For a country such as Israel which needs water and has very limited sources, technically, this is good. However, as Israeli journalist Yermi Brenner pointed out in an article on the Huffington Post last August, it’s more complicated than that. Apparently, over the summer, the Israel Water Authority sponsored a television commercial campaign featuring Israeli actress Renna Raz and having a message that Israelis need to conserve water only until the plants open in 2013. Talk about a bad message. Conservation and reduction will still be needed.

Plus, desalination isn’t a perfect solution. It comes with a slew of pros and cons. While the big pro is having drinkable water, some cons include a high maintenance cost of building and running these plants and possible harm to the  nearby ecosystem by  the waste from the plant.”

Read more: Green Prophet

Cabinet To Receive Emergency Water Plan

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“The plan is meant to cover the gap until all the desalination plants are up and running and the water supply begins to stabilize.

This could be Shani’s last appearance before the cabinet as he finishes up four years in the position in January. A search committee has been set up to find a replacement, although there remains a possibility that a temporary head from within the authority will serve for a few months until the committee finishes interviewing candidates and presenting their recommendations to the national infrastructures minister, sources told the Post.

Hasson formed the new lobby to ensure that water management policy was being developed for the long term. A respectable number of MKs from across the political spectrum put in an appearance and pledged to raise the water issue in the committees on which they sit such as Foreign Affairs and Defense and Economic Affairs Committees.

At the launch of the lobby, Shani described an increasing downward trend in precipitation over the years.

“When I was studying water resources at university in 1974, the commonly quoted number was 1.5 billion cubic meters of water from natural sources per year available to Israel. When I entered the Water Authority, I had that number checked and discovered it had not been accurate for a number of years. Lately, that number has shrunk to 1.17b. cubic meters per year.”

Read more: Jerusalem Post