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Israeli tech can assuage India’s worst water crisis – India

NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank arm of Government of India, published a report titled, “Composite Water Management Index” on the current state of water usage patterns and availability in India.

The executive summary of the report starts by stating, “India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history and millions of lives and livelihoods are under threat”.

Despite the geographical heterogeneity across India, water scarcity is a recurring issue. The report notes that about 600 million Indians are living in extreme water stress and about 200,000 people are dying every year due to the lack of access to clean water.

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Troubled waters for holy site – the Sea of Galilee recedes to its lowest level in a century – Israel

In a country where water is key to security and survival, Israeli authorities are rallying to save the shrinking Sea of Galilee that has reached its lowest level in a century

CHRISTIAN pilgrims flock to the shores of the holy Sea of Galilee to visit the sites where Jesus performed healing miracles and walked on water.

Yet when they reach the rocky shoreline they find the famous waters are receding after five years of drought that some Israelis fear heralds a wider water crisis connected with climate change.

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Israel sees desalination as Sea of Galilee’s savior – Israel

Long periods of drought and over-pumping have brought the lake low. A reedy island has materialized at its southern edge, and will soon be a peninsula.

Holiday-makers and fishermen teeter over expanding boggy beaches to reach the waterline.

The depletion imperils Israel’s biggest reservoir, starving the River Jordan and Dead Sea.

It also diminishes a landmark that rivals Jerusalem as a major draw for Christian pilgrims.

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Comptroller Blames Desalination Shortfall on Bad Management – Tel Aviv- Israel

After four consecutive years of drought, Israel depends heavily on its desalination program for water, but the state comptroller said on Monday that the state’s water management is to blame for a shortfall in the supply of desalinated water.

“The Water Authority is charged with the responsibility for the country’s most important natural resource but has for years managed the water in a way that is not suitable for the scale of responsibility that it entails,” State Comptroller Yosef Shapira charged in his annual report published on Monday.

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Israel issues tender for Sorek 2 mega-size desalination plant – Sorek – Israel

The new desalination plant will take total capacity in Israel to 785 million m3/year

The tender reportedly details a project to design, build, and finance a 200 million m3/year facility, and to operate it for 25 years.

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Israel received bids to build world’s biggest desalination plant – Soreq – Israel

Israel on Sunday said it had received bids from seven groups to build the world’s largest desalination plant, which will be able to produce about 200 million cubic meters of water a year.

The tender, still in its early stages, is for a new desalination plant in the area of Soreq in central Israel, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. There is another desalination facility that already operates at the site.

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Israel Looks to Rainy Winter to Alleviate Ravages of Drought – Tel Aviv – Israel

A series of drought years have so ravaged northern Israel’s water supply that even a winter of plentiful rain will not suffice to reverse the situation, according The Times of Israel.

In fact, the Israel Water Authority forecasts better-than-average rainfall this coming winter; but after five years of severe drought, it won’t be enough to bring reservoir levels back to anywhere near normal.

“The aggregate shortage over the past five years of drought is enormous,” it said in a statement. “The natural water sources lack some 2.5 billion cubic meters (660 billion gallons) of water. We need an unusually powerful winter to make up these shortages.”

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Israel Endures Sixth Year of Drought – Israel

The Sea of Galilee is 214.2 meters (703 feet) below sea level, perilously close to its black line.

Nevertheless, the average Israeli has not felt the drought as in the past, mostly due to the fact that the state has invested heavily in building five enormous desalination plants in recent years.

providing some 70% of the country’s drinking water directly from the sea and is building two more. Furthermore, Israel recycles some 86% of its waste water for agricultural purposes.

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Israel aims to fully depend on water desalination in 5 years – Israel

Israel is expected by 2022-2023 to be probably the first country in the world to depend fully on desalination plants to meet its population drinking water need.

Nowadays Israel is already producing around 600 million cubic meters of desalinated water equal to about 70-80 percent of the country’s tap drinking water demand.

Israel is a leading country in using desalinated water, started in 2005 with a capacity of 20 million cubic meters, and since then, the amount increases every year.

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Drought Battle: Israel to Use Desalinated Water to Rescue the Sea of Galilee.

Following five consecutive years of below-average winter rainfall, Israeli cabinet ministers passed a $30 million measure to replenish the Sea of Galilee and seven northern streams severely affected by the drought. The Dead Sea and the Jordan River are also suffering from the drought.

For the first time ever, desalinated water will be pumped into the Kinneret to help replenish its water level, as well as the streams in the north.

The plan also includes construction of two new desalination plants, one on the coast of the Western Galilee and a second in Sorek, where the world’s most advanced and largest desalination plant came on line in 2014.

 

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