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    • Philippe
    • 02.08.10 | 13:52 (IDT)

    According to the Water footprint network Israel has an average water footprint. While it is true that it is exporting virtual water in the form of agricultural products and other goods, Israel is a net importer of virtual water. The water footprint for Israel is about 1300 m³/cap/year from which 75% comes from sources external to Israel. The water footprint in Belgium is around 1800 with 80% of external sources. The global average is 1200 m³. Israel is reusing waste water. The Dan region waste water reclamation project constributed for 229 millions m³/year (2007) of water. The reclamation of waste water is problematic. The reclamed water contains Boron that can harm crops. Also reclamed lead to the accumulation of large quantities of salt in the water cycle. Agriculture contributes for 2,6% to the Israeli economy and consumes 1,400 millions m³/y. Domestic and public sector used 770 millions m³/y. The irrigation and cropping of the land plays a crucial role in controlling the desertification in Israel. Who wants to live in a desert ? Bananas are not necessarily the problem. 16000 liters of water are needed to produce 1 kg of beef., 1000 liters of water for 1 liter of milk. Who wants to become a vegetalian ? When all completed the five large desalination plants in Isreal will cover about 85% of the domestic water use. Fresh water needs in Israel will continue to increase as population grows and as the global climate changes.

    from the article: The Shekel Drops / Water, hypocrisy and politics
    First published 00:55 01.08.10 | Last updated 00:55 01.08.10
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