The target for 2013 is larger than the amount of water drawn annually from the Kinneret.
The cabinet today approved an emergency plan to increase desalinated water production to 420 million cubic meters in 2013, in order to deal with the water crisis and ensure a reliable supply of water to the population, while protecting natural water sources. The production target is larger than the amount of water drawn annually from the Kinneret.
The decision to increase desalinated water production stems from the steady decline in the supply of natural water in Israel, due to the sharp drop in precipitation and higher water consumption. The cabinet decided that the Water Authority will work to reduce the effects of pollution, rehabilitate water sources, and promote a plan to establish reservoirs of treated wastewater for agricultural use.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed that a proposal to build an additional desalination facility in Ashdod, as well as additional steps to deal with the water crisis, will be submitted for the cabinet for approval in the coming weeks.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 30, 2011
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