Tech-osystem: The Isreali Model (part 2)

Today’s episode is all about the ecosystem that creates the T in SPELT (Structure, Pricing, Education, Legislation & Technology) – the Israeli model for water sustainability.

This model enables the country to consume twice the amount of water nature bestows on it annually.
The technological solutions that enable this are not based purely on engineering and scientific advancements.  It is the outcome of societal characteristics, commercial facts, and prestige – on top of the basics of technological developments.

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Interviewed in this episode:

Oded Distel – Head of Israel NewTech
Elad Frenkel – CEO, Aqwise; Chairman, Water Committee, Israeli Export Institute
Eli Perets – CEO, Utilis
Dana Hubner – Business Development Manager, WFI Group
Ari Goldfarb – Founder & CEO, Kando
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Follow these links to learn more:
WATEC 2019
Israel NewTech
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Music credits
Dreamer Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Waterline theme by Nir Sayag

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Innovation in Water Tech: The 21st Century Plumber

Today – an episode-long prologue. Before we consider the role technology plays in the SPELT model (Structure, Pricing, Education, Legislation & Technology) – the Israeli model for water sustainability – let us first meet three companies and their unique technologies and methods.
Eli Perets – CEO, Utilis
Dana Hubner – Business Development Manager, WFI Group
Ari Goldfarb – Founder & CEO, Kando

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And as with any prologue – seeds are sown; in this case – a quick preview to our next episode, provided by Elad Frenkel – CEO, Aqwise; Water Committee, Israeli Export Institute, Chairman.

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Follow these links to learn more:

WATEC 2019
Israel NewTech
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Music credits

Desert City Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Local Forecast – Elevator Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Dreamer Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Waterline theme by Nir Sayag

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The Israeli Model: Water Education

It’s no secret that Israelis consume twice the amount of water nature supplies it with. The main enabler for this phenomenon is a unique model that lies at the heart of the Israeli water sector. SPELT – Structure, Pricing, Education, Legislation and Technology are the 5 key elements.

In this episode – the first one exploring the model’s aspects – we examine the role education plays in the model.

High-schools and the academia are constantly in correspondence, and the system as a whole encourages this dialogue between seemingly two different levels of education.

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Two guests share their story – Dr. Amnon Shefi created a platform that enables school kids to explore water issues using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics) education to instigate a life long ethos of exploration;

Emily Elhacham decided at the age of 15 that if you wish to know something – ask someone to show you the way. A professor at Tel Aviv University opened the door for her – and the rest is all of her own making. Today she leads the way for others to explore and a programme combining high-schools in her hometown and Bar Ilan University she established (while still a high-school student herself) still runs strong a decade afterwards.

Interviewed in this episode:

Oded Distel – head of Israel NewTech.

Dr. Amnon Shefi – Hi Teach

Emily Elhacham – Scientist, Weizman Institute and Tel Aviv University

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Follow these links to learn more:

WATEC 2019

Israel NewTech

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Hi Teach full list of supporters –

The Hands Across Water program is sponsored and supported by the Rotary including the Water & Sanitation committee of district 2490 headed by PDG Avner Fuchs, and hosted by the Haifa club in partnership with 10 international clubs, headed by Dr. Gerald Sussman past president of the Coral Spring/Parkland club.
It is also supported by the Israeli water industry like Bermad, Israel NewTech at The ministry of Economy as well as the Water Authority and the academia in Israel headed by the Technion Grand Water Research institute.
Their contribution and support is greatly appreciated

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Hyperfun Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Dreamer Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Waterline theme by Nir Sayag

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Form Follows Flow: Designing with Water in Mind

Design, has a profound impact on the way we live, influencing the way we go about our day-to-day, the way we make decisions – design isn’t about aesthetics but rather about developing solutions with the ultimate goal of making our lives better.  In this episode we explore water through design – how do we use design to promote widespread sustainable water usage in the private and public sphere?

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The architect Dr. Noam Austerlitz created a dual sewage system in his house. Part of the water goes straight to the municipal system whilst water from wash basins, showers and the washing machine goes to a special filtration system – a live system where the water is circulated and purified through a bed of plants and bacteria. The results are many fold – ranging from a lush green garden that pleases the eyes to the much more task of preventing floods.

The UX/UI specialist Ayelet Lazarovich talks about the notion of sustainable design, the crossroads where water and design meet. Contrary to what you might think when you hear these words, you’ll be surprised to learn how little it has to do with “tree hugging”.

Interviewed in this episode:

Dr. Noam Austerlitz – architect and scholar (Linkedin)

Ayelet Lazarovich – UX/UI specialist https://www.ayeletlazarovitch.com/

Chris Dermody – CIO, Denver Water (Linkedin) – Mr. Dermody was a guest from the https://www.ici.fund/

Music credits

Panama Hat – Audionautix.com

Waterline theme by Nir Sayag

Theme and music composed by Nir Sayag.

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“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