Water Resilience

To Israel, every drop of water is vital.

Because Israel is a semi-arid country with frequent and recurring drought periods, water is regarded as the most precious natural resource.

Israel has been resourceful in developing sustainability of water supplies, but now, the climate crisis is no longer deniable. With extreme weather episodes already happening, and more forecast, it’s time build Israel’s resilience to climate change.

 

The climate crisis is already here. Israel will experience a downtrend of 25% in annual precipitation, and significantly fewer rain days per year.  These changes will have broad impact on Israel’s water economy, econsystems, streams and aquifers. Agriculture will be threatened. And the regional geopolitical situation is sensitive to every change in Israel’s water supplies.

Also predicted are more frequent dry or drought periods – during the rainy season. It is forecase that frequent heavy rains at the beginning of the seson will produce more pollluted runoff events. Building a water economy in Israel that is resilient to climate change is an urgent and essential national task.

Of course, Israel’s energy-intensive desalination industry presents its own dilemmas as sea-levels rise and demand for drinking water increases. But there are two major challenges to the water economy that are going on with insufficient government leadership: management and preservation of Israel’s natural water resources, and the urgent need to develop new economic and planning models for capturing and redirecting runoff (flood waters) to boost groundwater reserves.

 

Some facts about Israel's water economy:

2.3 billion cubic meters of contaminated water

Under our feet. No national large-scale remediation program exists to date.
The area of polluted groundwater in Israel exceeds the area of the City of Haifa

200 million cubic meters of runoff

In urban areas is lost because natural seepage to the aquifers is prevented by building and infrastructure
This is an equivalent amount to about 3 medium desalination plants.

In Israel there are 365 sites polluted groundwater sites

One for each day of the year
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The National Flood Prediction Center had its budget cancelled

Only NIS 2 million a year
Low-budget local authorities will be denied access to vital information in readying for flooding and related extreme events.

10% decrease

in annual precipitation and a dramatic reduction in the number of rainy days is forecast for Israel by the end of the century.
We are working to build Israel's national water resilience and the ensure the diversity, availability and supply of water.

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