In an attempt to address the water shortage in Israel, temporary desalination facilities will be installed in the coming months, Water Authority head Prof. Uri Shani announced Tuesday. During a conference on water currently being held at the Kinneret College in the Jordan Valley, the professor said "the temporary desalination plants will be installed in the next few months." In a statement released Tuesday, Shani added, "Following the grave crisis and massive shortage of water for both private and agricultural use, we decided to install temporary desalination facilities immediately." He said the devices would both reduce demand and increase supply of water, but only in the short term. The desalination facilities, he said, will function "for a period of three to five years."