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 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.
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.
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.
Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech Seth Siegel – author of Let There Be Water Dr. Tabea Stotter – ICPR 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) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Modern Vibes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
“Black Vortex” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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.