Israel solving water shortage |

Israel is solving its water shortage. It just dedicated the third of five planned desalination plants. The new one is the largest in the world, producing 33 million gallons a year, 10% of Israels needs. It is being located in Hadera, on the Mediterranean coast between Haifa and Tel Aviv. The plant is divided into two independently operating halves on an 18-acre site.

From sea water to thirst quencher, 35 minutes. The $400 million new plant separates water from salt by reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis avoids burning fuel to evaporate pure water out of the brine. This is much more environmentally benign.

The output is expected to replenish the Lake Kinneret reservoir. Together with the two future plants, the plant would revive the dying Jordan River and Dead Sea (Arutz-7, 5/18/10).

Growing international water shortages once were thought liable to kindle new wars. This kind of solution may prevent such wars.

Years ago, Haifa U. economics Professor Steven Plaut, a source on the Arab-Israel conflict and especially jihad and lack of academic freedom in Israeli academia, wrote a paper on water. He explained how the government allotment formula distorted the natural market in favor of users of large volumes of water for small economic gain. That caused much of the shortage, that Israeli scientists tried to ameliorate by more efficient distribution technology.

Barry Chamish pointed out the Jordan peace treatys cumulative lowering of Lake Kinneret water levels, by annual donation of 50 million cubic meters a year to Jordan. Jordanian hostility to Israel has grown since the treaty was signed.

Earlier reports expressed concern about the effect of injecting this different composition of water into the Dead Sea. Would the new mixture permit the same mineral extraction as currently done? No word on what is done with the plants filtered out chemicals.