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.
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.
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/
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.
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.