A slew of water treatment plants has greatly reduced Israel's dependence on rainwater. But desalination may also be adversely affecting the environment and people's health.
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In interview with Haaretz, bank's local specialist warns that without more water from Israel, Gaza will continue to move toward being uninhabitable by 2020.
A report from the Water Authority states that other sites are in danger of closure due to spreading pollution.
Desalination has eased the water shortage, but continued drought, over-pumping and the needs of a growing population are playing havoc with the country’s ecology.
Fish and marine mammals are already moving north as sea temperature rises: 'We were astounded by the scale of ocean warming effects on entire ecosystems,' scientists write.
Plan that would have built desalination and water-purification plants suffered major delays due to planning errors and funding problems; state lays blame at local authorities' doorstep.
The Project is estimated to cost $400 million.
Production capacity of all of Israel’s desalination plants will soon reach 600 million cubic meters of water – nearly 70 percent of the country's domestic water consumption.
A major national effort, focused on the desalination of Mediterranean seawater and the recycling of waste water, solved Israel's chronic water shortage, says the New York Times.
Water could be the main factor in even bloodier conflicts than those we have become accustomed to. But it doesn’t have to be that way: Water could also be a source of security, prosperity and peace.