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WateReuse Leads Successful Delegation to Israel

Date: November 07, 2022

Last week, the WateReuse Association, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. State Department and the State of Israel led a successful delegation of WateReuse members to learn about Israel’s water recycling program. Nearly forty WateReuse members, representing utilities, businesses, regulators, and research institutions, traveled from a dozen states to visit Israel’s largest water treatment and desalination plants, research centers, and industrial facilities. Participants learned about how Israel has transformed its water management system over the past two decades.

The delegation learned of Israel’s decision to use water recycling as a centerpiece of an integrated water resources management system that combines desalination, reclaimed municipal wastewater, and stormwater capture and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies of freshwater for residential, industrial and agricultural consumption. Delegates attended seminars on Israel’s use of reclaimed municipal water for agricultural irrigation hosted by the Volcani Center and toured key water recycling facilities delivering recycled water to agricultural operations for production of high value crops for domestic consumption and for export. The delegation toured one of the largest Intel microchip manufacturing facilities outside of the U.S. and learned how its water management system supplies recycled water not only for internal operations but to supply water that irrigates nearby agricultural operations. And delegates learned about Israel’s continuous research, monitoring, and data analysis programs that ensure Israel’s water system remains resilient and adaptive to changing conditions. Delegates also had the opportunity to meet with Israeli technology producers to discuss innovative water management technologies and how they could assist with U.S. water management challenges.  This delegation was an initiative under the Water Reuse Action Plan and co-hosted by Israel’s Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Economy and Industry, and Israel’s Water Authority. WateReuse Association is grateful for the generous support of the International Code Council and the North American Development Bank.

Organizers of the delegation plan to publish a report on lessons learned and key takeaways from the visit that can aid water managers in the U.S. interested in adopting water recycling practices. Following the successful collaboration, the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection and the U.S. EPA will also host an event at the COP27 climate change conference on “Water Reuse to Address Climate Challenges,” with a virtual participation option. Register here.

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