Israel Solves Water Woes with Desalination – Josef Federman (AP-ABC News)
(dailyalert.org, May30, 2014)
Israel is experiencing its driest winter on record, but thanks in large part to an aggressive desalination program, this perennially parched land has been transformed into perhaps the most well-hydrated country in the region.
“We have all the water we need, even in the year which was the worst year ever regarding precipitation,” said Avraham Tenne, head of the desalination division of Israel’s Water Authority. “This is a huge revolution.”
Since 2005, Israel has opened four desalination plants, with a fifth set to go online later this year.
But reliance on this technology also carries risks, as a key element of the country’s infrastructure is vulnerable to attack.
Missile strikes or other threats could potentially knock out large portions of the country’s water supply.