Desalination Plant 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The National Planning and Building Council on Tuesday decided to support a plan
proposed by the Water Authority to build five new desalination plants in an
effort to satisfy the country’s needs for the year 2050.
desalination plants would help satisfy the increasing water needs of both Israel
and the Palestinian Authority, according to the council, a branch of the
Interior Ministry headed by the ministry’s director-general, Dr. Shuki
The Water Authority said demand for desalinized water –
particularly useful for agriculture and industry – in Israel and the PA will
reach 1,750 million cubic meters per year by 2050. The current need is just 250
million cubic meters per year.
The National Planning and Building Council
is therefore directing the Water Authority to identify possible sites for five
new desalination plants, without which Israel will reach a water shortage of 845
million cubic meters in 2050, the council said. The Water Authority also
presented plans to encourage water saving during the meeting.
Bromberg, the director of Friends of the Earth Middle East, slammed the idea,
saying in a statement that “the water trouble is not solved – the desalination
will bring an increase in consumption. This is a process of privatization of the
water economy and will cause an additional rise in prices.
is not a magical solution that will resolve Israel’s water scarcity,” Bromberg
added. “Construction of more and more desalination facilities is insufferable
foolishness, because the demands only will continue to increase with population
growth. This idea is equivalent to building additional roads, which increase the
need for private transportation and do not alleviate the burden in the long
Israel can save about 500 million cubic meters per year by saving
water, through simple means that will not hinder the consumer, such as using a
gray water toilet flush.”