The donor’s two children, Jim Pattison Junior and Cindy Lambier, visited the Eilon Reservoir as part of a week-long tour of Israel during which they saw firsthand the projects established thanks to their family, and investigated new possibilities for further donations to development in Israel.
The guests met up with Zeev Kedem, Director of KKL-JNF’s Resource Development Department, who explained that the Eilon Reservoir
is part of a network of some 240 reservoirs
that KKL-JNF has established throughout the length and breadth of Israel. “If we want a dry country like this one to be green
, we have to find alternative water resources,” he said. “These reservoirs contribute to both agriculture and the environment, and they also help the local people to make a living.” He pointed out that Israel reclaims more of its water than any other country in the world and recycles 80% of its wastewater for agricultural use.
Thanks to the reservoir, Kibbutz Eilon has expanded the area of its avocado grove from 42.5 acres to around 100 acres. “This is a real contribution to the economy of the kibbutz,” said Danny Haddad, who is in charge of operations at the reservoir. No lengthy explanations are necessary to enable visitors to understand the reservoir’s importance to farming: it’s enough just to look up, glance around and see the green orchards that envelop the reservoir and the kibbutz residential areas.
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