Water irrigation 521.
(photo credit: reuters)
In 1949, when Arie Schraiber, now 81, came to Kibbutz Nirim in the Western Negev
just after the War of Independence, there was no running water. The young men
and women of the fledgling frontline kibbutz, which had warded off Egyptian
forces in a fierce battle, losing eight of its members, barely had enough
drinking water for themselves, let alone for watering crops, and worked mainly
for the Jewish National Fund, planting low-maintenance trees in the
desert.Only in 1954 did the first water line from the Mekorot national
carrier finally reach them down south, bringing water to the Negev from the
Yarkon River in the center of the country.
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