New Bio-filters Purify Surface Runoff Water for Reuse

Two new bio-filter facilities established by KKL-JNF in Ramla and Bat Yam demonstrated their efficiency during Israel’s recent rainstorms.

March 8, 2015 11:12
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New Bio-filters 758E. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

The bio-filters are designed to enable surface runoff water to be collected, purified via environmentally friendly physical and biological methods, and then channeled into the aquifers as clean water. These new bio-filters join an older one that has been operating successfully in Kfar Sava for a number of years. 

Two hundred million cubic meters of rainwater go to waste in Israel every year. They are washed down to the coast, where they pollute the beaches, the sea and marine life. The innovative bio-filter project is designed to allow this rainwater to be utilized in order to avoid pollution and prevent groundwater levels from dropping further. 

The technology was developed in Australia, and KKL-JNF promotes its use in Israel with the support of Friends of JNF Australia. The new facilities in Ramla and Bat Yam were installed with the help of Blue Box donors and members of the JNF Australia Gold Club. 

“When rainwater flows through the city streets it picks up a variety of toxic substances,” explained KKL-JNF Central Region Director Haim Messing. “This water goes to waste and actually causes damage by polluting the rivers, the groundwater and the sea. This innovative initiative allows us to transform a nuisance into a valuable resource.”

For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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