Water surplus

Israel now has water to spare thanks to technologies ranging from water purification and desalination to improved water infrastructure.

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
October 17, 2013 18:24
Water irrigation

Water irrigation 521. (photo credit: reuters)

 
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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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