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Ambassadors to Latin America Tour Green Technologies
Israel’s ambassadors to the countries of Latin America visited three unique sites that feature innovative KKL-JNF water-related and environmental technology: the constructed wetlands of Hod HaSharon, the Kfar Sava biofilter and Bird’s Head Forest in Ramat Gan.
The constructed wetlands of Hod HaSharon are an important ecological project that contributes greatly to the rehabilitation of the Yarkon River. The wetlands were established with the support of KKL-JNF’s Friends in Australia as part of the campaign to clean and restore the river.
Purified effluent from the sewage reclamation plant shared jointly by Hod HaSharon and Kfar Sava undergoes additional purification in the constructed wetlands before being allowed to flow into the Yarkon, in order to enhance water quality in the river. In the future, there are plans to use this water to irrigate lawns and agricultural crops.
David Pergament, Director of the Yarkon River Authority, explained this form of environmentally friendly technology to the delegation of ambassadors visiting the site. The water from the sewage reclamation plant flows into shallow pools filled with gravel and aquatic vegetation, where chemical, physical and biological processes remove pollutant particles from the water, thereby improving its quality. These wetlands are in fact a form of artificial marsh and they imitate the purification processes that occur naturally in marshlands.
The project comprises three filtration pools containing gravel. A three-layered pipe system provides air, receptors and sprinkler extensions. Large pipes convey the water to nearby Nahal Kaneh, from which it flows into the Yarkon. The quality of the treated water approaches that of drinking water.
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