(photo credit: Associated Press)
A long-awaited Water Authority campaign to distribute 2 million water aerators
was launched on Sunday.
A water aerator reduces the flow of water coming
through the faucet while maintaining as much water pressure as
Water Authority Spokesman Uri Schor told The Jerusalem Post
Sunday that the campaign was expected to conserve 25 million cubic meters of
water annually. That’s equivalent to a quarter of a large desalination
“This was one of the hardest and most complex tenders in history
because it will entail distribution and installation,” Schor said, to explain
why it took a year between the formal announcement of the plan and its
Schor said that the country had been divided into four districts,
with a different consortium winning the tender for each district.
companies will distribute the water aerators over the next three months. Three
aerators, two for faucets and one for shower heads, will be distributed and
installed absolutely free of charge, Schor stressed. If more aerators are
needed, Schor said they can be purchased at home supply stores like Home Depot
or Ace and hardware stores.
He warned that only aerators with a symbol
denoting the blue standard should be purchased. The blue standard indicates that
the product has been examined by the Water Authority and the Standards
Institution of Israel.
“The aerators conserve a third of the water that
goes through them without a noticeable difference in the stream. The devices mix
in air bubbles, so it feels like a full stream,” Schor said.
Authority hopes to get a better sense of how deeply water aerators have
penetrated the home market via the campaign.
“How many are already
installed? It’s not clear. All new faucets built to the Israeli standard have
water aerators built in and we don’t know how many people have already installed
aerators of their own accord. We’ll find out in the course of the project and
then continue accordingly,” he told the Post
The cost of the initiative
comes to NIS 30 million.
Schor said it would cost twice that to
desalinate the same 25 million cubic meters of water.