Council Approves Desalination Plant for Palestinians

Plant will be located in the Hadera industrial zone; capable of producing some 150 million cubic meters a year.

A plan to build a large desalination plant for the Palestinians on Tuesday got the green light from the national planning and construction council, which also paved the way for a significant increase in the amount of sea water that will be desalinated by 2040.

The desalination plant for the Palestinians will be located in the Hadera industrial zone and is capable of producing some 150 million cubic meters a year. In addition to allocating land for the facility, Israel will also allow a pipeline on its soil, but donor nations are slated to actually build and operate the facility.

The planning council also decided that additional desalination plants can be added as needed, depending on Israel's water needs by 2040.

The Water Authority told the council it estimates that the amount of desalinated water will need to increase from the 755 million cubic meters that are currently planned to 1.25 billion cubic meters. But the final decision on the matter will be made as part of a renewed examination of the master plan for desalination plants, which allows for the construction of eight such facilities. Two have been built, and a third is under construction.