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Moriah, the Jerusalem Municipality’s development company, will begin installing
a water treatment system in a ritual bath (mikve) in the northeastern Pisgat
Ze’ev neighborhood to recycle the water, once it receives final approval from
the Health Ministry.
The ministry has given the green light to the pilot
project, the first of its kind, and the company is awaiting final approval
before beginning construction. Moriah has been working on the initiative for the
last year and a half.
If such systems were to be installed in all of the
35 ritual baths in Jerusalem, it would save 100,000-120,000 cubic meters of
water annually as well as NIS 1 million, the company said.RELATED:
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project will run for several months while Health Ministry inspectors sample the
Inspectors will be able to view water quality data online.
The water will be treated and restored to the ritual bath at the end of each
The pilot is a joint project of the Religious Buildings Department
of the municipality’s Public Buildings Branch, the Jerusalem Religious Council
and the Health Ministry. All relevant Jewish laws regarding ritual baths will be
The system will cost NIS 200,000-230,000 to install and is
expected to save NIS 30,000 in each ritual bath.
“In the reality in which
we live where every drop of water is precious, water treatment and recycling
systems in ritual baths are of utmost importance,” Alex Weissman, Moriah’s CEO,
said in a statement, “We believe that the pilot will succeed and Jerusalem will
become a model for other cities in water conservation.”