KKL-JNF recently approved an experimental
research project for enriching underground water in Israel. The
experiment involves purifying urban runoff water using biofilter
technology developed by an Israeli, Yaron Zinger, with a team of
researchers from the faculty of civil engineering at Monash University,
water shortage in Israel is growing more severe. Owing to the worsening
drought last year - the driest year of the past decade - it is
essential to provide solutions involving alternative sources of water.
The biofilter technology provides this type of solution. The pilot
experiment will help us overcome the water crisis," explained Efi
Stenzler, KKL-JNF World Chairman.
Tens of millions of cubic meters of rain water are lost every
year in Israel. In addition, the runoff water carries poisonous
materials that penetrate and reach the ground water, causing pollution
and changes in the ecological balance. The biofilter technology that
will be applied in this project will enrich the Israeli water economy.
The Biofilter technology is an organic biological technology
that is environmentally friendly. In the "constructed wetland"
technique runoff water undergoes a purification process using filters
that consist of gravel mixed with plants upon which bacteria develop,
that filter the water and remove metals and pollutants.
The entire project is being funded by contributions
from friends of KKL-JNF Australia, who understand that the issue of
improving the water economy in Israel is of prime importance. The
biofilter project is supported from the scientific aspect by Monash
University in Victoria, and has been successfully applied by the water
company in Melbourne who approved its application in various
localities. In Israel a city will be selected to be the forerunner
where the project will be applied first.
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