The Knesset passed into law Tuesday a bill which mandates the installation of water saving devices on faucets in all public buildings. It is expected to generate savings of between 11-20%.
The bill was sponsored by MKs Yohanan Plessner (Kadima), Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), Ophir Akunis (Likud), Ze'ev Bielski (Kadima), Ronit Tirosh (Kadima), and four members of Hadash - Mohammad Barakei, Afo Agbaria, Hanna Swaid and Dov Henin.
Public buildings owned or rented for more than three years by government agencies will be required to install water savers on all the faucets. The law applies to government ministries and their sub-units, the Knesset, the IDF, the Israel Police and Israel Prisons Service, local authorities, universities, hospitals and others.
All public buildings will have to have installed the devices by September 1. Each public entity must pay for the water savers out of their own budgets, so the law does not require any additional funding.