Situated in a semiarid region, Israel’s natural water resources supply it with only half of what it uses annually. The gap is being bridged by a unique combination of implemented technology, education and smart governance that enables more water to be manufactured and used. The result – a thriving country with a booming economy.
However, the story of the Israeli water sector was very rarely told. In 2015 Seth Siegel – an American author publishes a book that almost instantaneously finds its way to the bestseller lists of the New-York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.
This episode of Waterline features the full interview with Seth Siegel about his book Let There Be Water – Israel’s Solution for a Water Starved World. The interview was conducted in September of 2017.
The Mediterranean sea is where Europe, Asia, and Africa all meet.
Throughout the ages, empires ruled over its entire coastline, and people used it to transfer goods, for recreation purposes, or to harvest its many food items.
Today along its shores there are more than 20 countries. No longer a single empire – but rather a Mosaic of People, as was described by Waterline’s guest in this episode.
Konstantina Toli, a Senior Programme Officer at Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean, points out the great challenges that are presented as our world is changing – namely climate change and the refugee’s crisis. For example, in the past 5 years, nearly 2,000,000 human beings risked their lives in search of a better life and used the treacherous Mediterranean route. The result – the stresses on water supplies in the region which were already quite significant, are constantly on the rise.
The interview was recorded during the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, in March of 2018.
In this second part of our tale of dams, we will hear what happens once things go horribly wrong. Throughout history, faulty dams have created man-made disasters costing lives and the earth. We will be hearing about one disaster in particular – The Mariana Dam Disaster – that happened in Brazil in 2015.
We will also revisit the town of Gatun, the dam that was built there and the lake that made the Panama Canal, with a somber look on the life of ordinary people there.
We wish to thank the Panama Canal Authority, whose records on the history of the Panama Canal’s construction provided great help in the crafting of this episode. Research for this episode was done by Nate Nelson.
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It took nearly four decades, the lives of some 30,000 human beings and billions of US Dollars in current values to build; it was a source for heated debates and the kiss of death to some careers; it was rooted in vision – but took ample amounts of practicality to realize. You might know it simply as The Panama Canal – in a stretch of land not wider than 70 kilometers wide, humanity saw the opportunity to connect two great oceans – the Atlantic and the Pacific – and managed to cut the route by sea from California to Europe – by half.
The keystone of the canal is a dam that was the biggest ever to be built at the time – the dam near the small town of Gatun. You are invited to hear a tale about politics, engineering, money and tons of controversy, which, a century on is all but forgotten.
The rainy season of 2017-2018 in Israel marked the 6th year of drought in a row. However – water is still available on tap 24/7. In a semi-arid land, any drop missing from the annual natural precipitation creates a deficit. Six years of diminished precipitation might spell disaster. And yet – if you look at a satellite image of Israel – you see a green blotch in the desert.
A key component in Israel’s water management system is desalination – the topic of this episode.
It is midnight. The house is quiet, and everybody is asleep. You are reminded that the faucet in the kitchen is faulty by the constant drip-drip-drip-drip noise it makes. You toss and turn – but not alarmed; just ever so slightly annoyed. If you allow it to drip at a rate of a drop a second during one year, you’ve wasted an amount equivalent to 15 years worth of a person’s water consumption.
Municipalities worldwide are losing an alarming amount of up to 60% of pristine freshwater due to unseen faulty infrastructure. In this episode of Waterline, we’ll discuss urban water distribution.
Our guest, Zohar Yinon, CEO of Jerusalem’s water and wastewater utility company – a world leader in curtailing the loss of water in a municipal system – shares the solutions implemented. At its core – a technological innovation where big data plays an impressive role.
Carlo Galli is Nestlé’s Technical Manager of Water Resources. In his work, he is in charge of making sure that Nestlé’s worldwide operations are water-sustainable; not an easy task, taking in count the fact that it takes a lot of water to make food.
In this episode, we focus on sustainable water management. Idan has a candid conversation about water, coffee, industrial practices, sustainable value-chain and social responsibilities with the man whose job is to make sure that the biggest food & beverage company in the world (in 2017, according to Forbes) is leading a healthily sustainable lifestyle.
Israel is in a semi-arid region. Global climate changes create longer drought periods in the region. And yet, looking from above, one can see green fields and forests, and high-quality water is delivered to homes, businesses, farmers and the industry 24/7. Several components contribute to this success, but it all begins with the Israeli Water Law, passed in 1959.
In this episode, we see how Israeli water regulation, stemming from the Water Law, enables self-sufficiency and continuous growth – even when drought hits hard. We will explore the Californian model of regulation in contrast to the Israeli one, and what are the benefits they possess.