The Spirit of Water

Ask anyone “what is water?” and most likely you’ll hear them say – water is life.

What is it about water that makes it stand out more than any other element? What is the effect water has on us humans – on a metaphysical level? How do we perceive water?

Once you meet people for whom water is their job – the water sector people – you get to see the answers to these questions in practice.

In this special episode, we examines water from chemical, religious and spiritual points of view, to mention but a few.

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Interviewed in this episode are:

Oded Distel – Head of Israel NewTech.

Dr. Renana Gershoni-Poranne – senior scientist and lecturer, ETH Zurich.

Prof. Graham HarveyThe Open University, UK.

Rochi Khemka – Co-Lead, Global Partnerships & India Program, 2030 Water Resources Group, The World Bank.

Dr. Xavier Leflaive – Principle Administrator, Water Team, OECD.

Brieux Michoud – Managing Partner, Waterpreneurs.

Dr. Yasuyuki Nemoto – President of Office Masaru Emoto.

Will SarniWater strategist and consultant.

Andre Wongtschowski – Operations Manager, World Transforming Technologies.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

“Desalting the Sea” – Desalination

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.

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Interviewed in this Episode:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Dr. Renana Gershoni-Poranne – senior scientist and lecturer, ETH Zurich.

Prof. Emeritus Raphael SemiatTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water.

Tami Shor – Senior deputy director general for regulation, Israeli Water Authority.

Ziv Shor – V.P. Projects, IDE.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

Music credits:
Local Forecast – Elevator Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Water Makes the World Go ‘Round” – The Water Economy

Water is a global issue as much as it is a local issue.
Water is life – anyone will tell you that. However, when was the last time you thought about water and the role it plays in the global economy?

I am sure you can tell me the price of a used car but are you able to tell me the value (in real monetary terms) of the water you consume? in this episode, we take a deeper look at the water economy.

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Interviewed in this episode are:

Oded Distel – Head of Israel NewTech.

Dr. Xavier Leflaive – Principle Administrator, Water Team, OECD.

Paul O’Callaghan – Founder & CEO, BlueTech Research.

Henk Ovink – Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Government of the Netherlands.

Will SarniWater strategist and consultant.

Seth Siegel – Author of Let There Be Water.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

“Every Drop Counts” – Urban Water Distribution

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.

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Interviewed in this episode are:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water.

Zohar Yinon – CEO of Hagihon – Jerusalem’s water and wastewater utility company. He was chosen as one of the 50 most impactful leaders in Water & Water management (global listing) for CSR Day 2018.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

 

“Alchemy: Turning Milk into Water” – Sustainable Water Management

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. 

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The interview was recorded in March 2018, during the 8th World Water Forum, in Brasilia.
Waterline had a studio there, as part of the Israeli pavilion at WWF8 Expo.

Water for All – Regulation

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.

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Interviewed in this Episode:

Felicia Marcus – Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, California.

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water.

Tami Shor – Senior deputy director general for regulation, Israeli Water Authority.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

(f)Low Tech to High Tech – Entrepreneurship

The industry of water is regarded to, traditionally, as low tech.
This fact makes it an excellent place for entrepreneurs to find new ways to disrupt, update, change and streamline the processes.
To bring this industry – effectively – from low tech to high tech.

In this episode of Waterline, we will hear from Eytan Levy – a serial water and wastewater technologies entrepreneur.

How innovation, hard work and luck play a role in any venture – especially in regards to water technology.

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Interviewed in this episode:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Will Sarni – water strategist and consultant.

Eytan Levy – Entrepreneur, Levy Ventures.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag

“Water & Peace” – Hydropolitics

More often than not – water has been a source of deadly conflicts worldwide.
For example, the spark that ignited the Syrian civil war is attributed to the country’s poor management of its water sector.
Are we able – in this day and age, when water scarcity is a growing global phenomenon – to create a paradigm shift towards a water-based conflict resolution? this episode of Waterline focuses on hydro politics.

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Interviewed in this episode:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech
Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water 
Dr. Tabea StotterICPR 
Tami Shor – Senior deputy director general for regulation, Israeli Water Authority
Zohar Yinon – CEO of Hagihon – Jerusalem’s water and wastewater utility company. He was chosen as one of the 50 most impactful leaders in Water & Water management (global listing) for CSR Day 2018.

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag

Additional music:
The Descent Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Modern Vibes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Black Vortex” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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“Still Waters Run Deep” – Drip Irrigation

As with any great invention – drip irrigation began by chance. All it took is a man with an abundance of curiosity and a strong will to solve problems.
In 1961 Eng. Simcha Blass realized an idea he carried with him for more than 30 years, with the help of Kibbutz members in the Negev Desert. They founded Netafim. Today, the company is a world leader in drip irrigation, and innovation is their main driving force.

Interviewed in this episode:

Naty Barak – Chief Sustainability Officer at Netafim.

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

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Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag. 

“Want Not? Waste Not!” – Wastewater

Have you ever thought about the vast potential there is in the water (and, er… the… ahhh… ingredients, let’s say) you flush down the toilet?

Discarded wastewater – once treated – has an economic and ecologic value that can drive a nation’s economy and even light up your house. How? All inside this episode of Waterline.

Interviewed in this episode: 

Seth Siegel, author of Let There be Water – Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World

Zohar Yinon – CEO of Hagihon – Jerusalem’s regional water & wastewater utility company. He was chosen as one of the 50 most impactful leaders in Water & Water management (global listing) for CSR Day 2018.

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

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Music credits:
Winner Winner! Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Local Forecast – Elevator Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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