Dedicating A New Greywater Recycling Initiative in Israel
"We'll spread the good news about this greywater recycling project in Canada. After having seen it, I'll be happy to promote it back home."The Honorable Jason T. Kenney, Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, was speaking on Wednesday, January 22, at a ceremony dedicating a first-of-its kind greywater recycling pilot project in the city of Raanana. The site selected for the pilot was the central ritual bathhouse (mikveh) of Raanana, where shower water will be recycled to flush toilets and irrigate a garden. The pilot, which is an initiative of the Israeli NGO Shomera for a Better Environment, was the selected project of the KKL-JNF London, Canada Negev Dinner in 2012.
Greywater is water that has been used for activities such as bathing and washing clothes, and it can be treated and reused locally to water lawns or flush toilets, replacing the precious drinking water currently utilized for these purposes. While growing in popularity in water-conscious countries around the globe, the authorized use of greywater recycling is at an embryonic stage in Israel. Traditionally, decentralized recycling systems such as greywater have not been encouraged by the authorities, primarily due to public health concerns of the Ministry of Health. They have, however, a great degree of potential, since 30-35% of domestic water use is for showers, and the same amount of water is used for flushing toilets, so freshwater saved could be as high as one-third of domestic consumption.