National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau ordered Water Authority head Prof. Uri Shani on Thursday to issue purchase orders to the desalination plant immediately. He also sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu imploring him to order the Accountant-General to begin the process of increasing the output of the desalination plants so that the extra water could arrive by 2012.
In both letters, Landau decried the repeated delays in bringing the emergency water plan before the cabinet for approval. In December, Landau and Shani briefed the cabinet on the situation and were ordered to present the emergency plan within three weeks. However, the plan has yet to be discussed by the cabinet a month later.