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Friday, July 29, 2016

Isreal Has More Fresh Water Than It Needs California Should Pay Attention!

We in California could learn from them!

Israel has more water than it needs.

 The turnaround started in 2007, when low-flow toilets and shower heads were installed nationwide and the national water authority built innovative water treatment systems that recapture 86 percent of the water that goes down the drain and use it for irrigation — vastly more than the second-most-efficient country in the world, Spain, which recycles 19 percent.

 The Sea of Galilee is fuller.

Israel’s farms are thriving.

 And the country faces a previously unfathomable question:

 What to do with its extra water?

 In 2008, Israel teetered on the edge of catastrophe.

A decade-long drought had scorched the Fertile Crescent, and Israel’s largest source of freshwater, the Sea of Galilee, had dropped to within inches of the “black line” at which irreversible salt infiltration would flood the lake and ruin it forever.

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