Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, is impressed with Israel’s ability to recycle sewer water. Israel has been in a drought for over five years, yet we’re able to keep the water on through various measures.
Israel’s ability to maintain water supplies has been a hot topic, and we’re an example of what’s possible even during a drought.
Singh has come to Israel seeking cooperation to help generate water for irrigation in five major cities in the state. The Chief Minister has had extensive talks with the Minister of Energy and Water Resources in an attempt to understand how Punjab can follow in Israel’s sewer water recycling footsteps.
Urban areas in Punjab are suffering from depleted water tables, leading politicians to seek new means of recycling water in the area.
Water resources remain a problem in the state, but there is a surplus in power production, notes Singh.
Israel has offered to extend all of their support to help India overcome their water shortage. India and Israel have long kept business ties friendly, and these close ties may allow for India to overcome their water shortage. There are various methods that can be employed, such as double desalination.
But beyond sewer water management, there is one key important aspect of Israel’s water success:
One of the keys to Israel’s success has been water management. People have been educated, and we’ve been told just how serious water management is in our country. We know that there must be conservation if we don’t want to turn on our taps one day and be left with drips and no water.
Israel requires some billion cubic metres more water annually than natural replenishment provides.
Innovation has led to the ability to conserve water, and perhaps one of our biggest contributions to society may be the ability to offer our blueprint of water conservation success.
Israel benefitted greatly from foresight, knowing that water will remain a dramatic issue for Israel. A nationwide water conveyance system was developed between 1955 and 1964 that helped bring water to the south.
Wastewater was then used, and is still used, as a means of irrigation for the agricultural sector. But this is just the start. Israel has also created the drip irrigation system, and new crop strains have been developed that provide higher yields with less water.
Deep well drilling is also being used – it’s been used extensively in Africa by the wealthy when water runs scarce. Multi-tiered water safety methods and minimizing water loss has also been a major part of Israel’s success.
The world is going to be thirsty soon, drought just struck parts of Europe, and it’s going to get worse as global temperatures continue to rise. Growing populations make matters worse, and while there’s no one-stop solution to the problem, Israel has some of the answers to better manage water and wastewater.
Remember, Israel is over 60% desert and the remaining land is arid, so India coming to Israel for help with a potential water crisis is a great idea. It’s our duty to help the world conserve more water, or we’re going to see wars, famine, death and economies falling at a staggering rate.