Tag Archive for water desalination

After 5 years of drought, Israel invests $30 million on emergency plan

Israel’s Minister for National Infrastructure, Energy & Water, Yuval Steinitz, explained, “The needs of the population are growing & there is decreasing precipitation. As a result, we are pressing forward with solutions to create water reserves for future years.”

By Ariel Whitman


Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz on Tuesday met with experts to discuss the country’s water situation, following assessments from the Israel Water Authority and others said Israel was entering a fifth consecutive drought year.

Energy and Water Minister for Israel, Yuval Steinitz – Photo: Wikimedia

At the meeting, representatives from Mekorot, the national water company, and the IWA, submitted a report to Steinitz outlining the necessary actions the country must take in the immediate, short and intermediate future to prevent a national water shortage. Continue Reading »

Trump Envoy Catapults Israeli-Palestinian Water Deal Previously Stalled for Years

Signed by Jordan in 2015, President Trump’s US envoy Jason Greenblatt hailed the Palestinian signing of the historic water/power agreement by saying this deal “will lead to economic improvement in the lives of the Palestinians.”



US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt announced Thursday that Israel and the Palestinians have reached an agreement concerning the long-discussed Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal, which includes the sale of 33 million cubic meters of water to the Palestinian Authority to relieve the water situation there.

Greenblatt, at a press conference with Regional Cooperation Minister Tzahi Hanegbi and PA Water Authority head Mazen Ghuneim, said this agreement and the accord signed Monday between Israel and the PA that will significantly increase the power supply to Jenin are examples of how the two sides can cooperate to improve Palestinian living conditions. Continue Reading »

U.S. Energy Secretary & Israel’s Energy Minister sign extensive energy agreement

New joint energy agreement will deepen & strengthen cooperation between the US & Israel in areas of natural gas, fuels & fuel alternatives, smart grid technologies, desalination & water treatment, and the security & cyber-defense of energy and water installations.

By Shlomo Cesana


U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and his Israeli counterpart, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, signed a new joint energy deal in Jerusalem on Monday, intended to tighten cooperation between the countries.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz at Masada on Monday

The agreement expands areas of cooperation to include fuels and fuel alternatives, natural gas, smart grid technologies, desalination and water treatment, and the physical and cyber-defense of energy and water installations. Continue Reading »

Israeli firm opens America’s largest desalination plant in southern California




Israeli water sector giant IDE Technologies dedicated the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere on Monday – a facility that will produce some 190 million liters of water daily for the residents of southern California.

The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant in California. – Photo: IDE TECHNOLOGIES

Providing a new source of water in a state that has long suffered severe droughts, the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant will be quenching the thirst of roughly 10 percent of San Diego country, according to IDE. Continue Reading »

New York Times features Israel as world’s desalination giant

Prominently unfriendly newspaper on Israeli politics runs extensive feature detailing Israel’s history from a country critically dependent on rainwater to a desalination superpower.
• Israel leads the world in recycling domestic wastewater by treating 86% for agricultural use.

By Erez Linn


The front page story of The New York Times on Saturday hailed Israel and its government for its technologically advanced water desalination system.

The New York Times’ front page

The newspaper displayed an extensive piece alongside a large picture, which tells the story of Israel’s path from a country critically dependent on rain water to a desalination superpower.

“A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. Continue Reading »

Israel Foreign Ministry Supplying Desalination Vehicle to Marshall Islands

Israel to supply the first water purification vehicle to the Pacific island nation, which suffers from serious water shortages.

By Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency


The Pacific island nation known as the Marshall Islands will soon have its first water purification vehicle – thanks to Israel.

Water purification vehicle – Photo: G.A.L. Water Technologies Ltd.

The Israel Foreign Ministry is supplying desalination vehicle to the tiny nation with a population of about 70,000 people. Located near the equator in the northern Pacific Ocean, the Marshall Islands suffers from a serious water shortage, which Israel hopes to help the country overcome.

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Trilateral water swapping arrangements signed by Jordan, Palestinians & Israel


The signed understanding includes a 200-kilometer pipeline to carry residual salt brine from the planed desalination plant in Aqaba, to a diminishing Dead Sea.



A major trilateral water understanding signed by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian parties in December is moving forward slowly but surely – as tender preparations for an Aqaba desalination facility begin to materialize, high level Israeli sources told The Jerusalem Post last week.

Tap water

Tap water [illustrative]. – Photo: INIMAGE

The project in question involves a memorandum of understanding signed on December 9, in which senior officials from the three governments met at the World Bank headquarters in Washington to advance cross-border water swaps and an eventual funneling of Red Sea brines to a shrinking Dead Sea. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Desalination Plants Makes it the Best-Hydrated Mideast Country


Israel has 4 operating desalination plants, with a 5th set to go online later in 2014. Over 1/3 of Israel’s drinking-quality water comes from desalination, with the number expected to exceed 40% by 2015 and hit 70% in 2050.

By Associated Press


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Israel not worried about its water supply after dry winter

With 4 water desalination plants currently in operation, Israel is meeting much of its water needs by purifying seawater from the Mediterranean.

Some 80% of domestic water use in Israeli cities is desalinated water, according to Israeli officials.


Israel has gone through one of the driest winters in its history, but despite the lean rainy season, the government has suspended a longstanding campaign to conserve water.

Illustration: The Israel Project

The familiar public messages during recent years of drought, often showing images of parched earth, have disappeared from television despite weeks of balmy weather with record low rainfalls in some areas.

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