Skip to comments.Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret [desalination creates surplus]
Posted on 02/01/2014 9:46:38 AM PST by grundle
Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret?
In ancient times and even during the years of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the shortage of water in Palestine, as well as among its neighbors in the Middle East, had a decisive influence not only on the areas economic development, but also on the political strife between Jews and Arabs. Technology has changed all this. Now, the ability to produce all the water that's needed, whether for human consumption or for agriculture, may soon change our way of life and perhaps even, if our neighbors agree, bring peace closer.
There is now a surplus of water in Israel, thanks largely to the opening of several new desalination plants - and the development of natural-gas fields that can power them cheaply. Since water is the source of life, the well-known Israeli imperative to save every drop should still be respected. But the price the Israeli population is charged for its water supply should be reduced by more than the 5 percent drop announced on January 1 of this year.
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California doing something smart? you’ve got to be joking.
Also, you can turn the Arabian peninsula into a rain forest and they’d still be the same old assholes.
My first thought also. But we have the EPA....Enviro Police Activists
You can look for those plants to become terrorist targets.
Of course, the stupid Moslems would rather drink water re-cycled through their kidneys than recognize the treasure they have in their midst of a technologically advanced, well-organized society in their midst. Like Obama, Holder and their ilk, nursing their grievances counts for so much more than progress.
But people always say "You can look for those to become terrorist targets". I just never understand that kind of thinking.
We’re building a bullet train from FR to Bakersfield instead.
Strange, but this story brought to mind Frank Herbert’s “Dune.”
I thought California was doing this? I know they took sewer water and cleaned it up and made it “drinkable”....in El Cajon in the 1960’s (it was awful.)
I remember reading about or seeing a timeline of the historical climate change in this area and how it affected the ancient biblical history. Interesting that they now have natural gas and desalination. I hope that these two things plus hopefully more independence of this country from foreign oil will see a way out of the 66 year old crisis in this area. Actually, it’s been a crisis longer than that but that is the age of Israel.
The Kinneret’s (sea of galilee) water level.
Due to lack of rain not much of a climb. I was really hoping they’d get enough rain so the water level would top Deganya Dam this year.
Pray for more rain for Israel.
Wellllll, the EPA might have something to do with it.
Desalination has turned Israel’s water shortage into a surplus. Why hasn’t California done the same thing?
You know the simple one word problem—enviros
Here are some of their objections:
1. producing natural gas requires fracking
2. burning the gas produces CO2
3. building plants on the coast threatens their view of the ocean
4. some shrimp or fishies might be sucked into the plants and threaten them with extinction.
5. The limo liberals in places like Marin county use water shortages to limit housing development and keep the riffraff out
The mother’s milk of Palestine is hatred.
God foretold what we witness today -
I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
If you use google earth do a search for Israel.
Take the time slider and move it you can see how green parts of the country have become.
“But people always say “You can look for those to become terrorist targets”. I just never understand that kind of thinking.”
Agreed. Amazingly enough, America once built the Hoover Dam (and it didn’t take a generation). We don’t do that anymore.
Because Moon Beam Brown needs to get the high speed rail system up and going remember when you get in office you have to pay back your backers.
The mafia never died it just moved up the ladder and now it’s at the top.