Israel Dedicates Sea Water Purification Plant



By: BEV SPRITZER  
Published: May 18th 2010
in News » Israel

Desalination Plant
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Israel recently contributed a huge new sea water purification facility to the country’s northern Mediterranean shore.

 

The plant, located near the Northern Israeli city of Hadera, is one of the largest in the world, and turns sea water into drinking water.  It is designed to provide two thirds of the country’s drinking water and redirect the National Water Carrier, a transport system that has sustained Israel for 50 years.

 

According to officials, the desalination plant could help solve Israel’s chronic shortage of fresh water.

 

"Up until now, it was a government monopoly regulating all water transportation," Teddy Golan, vice president of IDE Technologies, a company responsible for the plant, told the Associated Press. "Then we found it was cheaper to desalinate water on the shore than transfer it from the (Sea of Galilee) in the north."

 

Israeli President Shimon Peres instate the plant in a ceremony on Sunday, said the Associated Press.

 

For decades, water has been a source of conflict for Israel and its surrounding neighbours. The development of desalination technologies began in 2000 when the region experienced a drought, and looked to the ocean for assistance.

 

Environmentalists worry, however, about the plant’s impact on ocean life.

 

The $425 million Hadera plant is the world's largest using reverse osmosis, a process that does not involve heating the sea water as larger plants do. It is designed to produce 33 billion gallons of fresh water per year.

 

An even larger plant near the southern port of Ashdod is scheduled to open in 2013.




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