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Water in Israel
A global leader in resource management

Since its founding, Israel has been coping with water scarcity and has been treating the subject as a national priority. As more and more countries around the world begin to confront the real issues of global warming and water scarcity, many are turning to Israel, which has developed novel solutions. Israel's success in answering the country's water needs stems from its ability to incorporate an extensive variety of solutions under multiple constraints.

Fast Facts

  • Israel, with an 80% water recycling rate, is the world's leading country in water recycling. The second largest water recycler in recent years has been Spain, with a rate of 18%.
  • Israeli-invented drip irrigation helped achieve 70%-80% of water efficiency in agriculture, the highest rate in the world.
  • Israel has achieved the highest ratio in the world of crop yield per water unit.
  • Israel is home to the world's largest seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants, annually producing 140-150 million m3 at the low cost of approximately $0.52 per m3 of water, the most cost-efficient of its kind in the world.
  • Over 35% of Israel's drinking-quality water now comes from desalination.  Meanwhile, desalinated water accounts for around 80% of total domestic water use in Israeli cities.

Areas of Expertise

Israel leads several international standard committees (ISO) in the areas of crisis management and water utility, support systems in water utility and bio early warning systems.

Water resources management: first to adopt a comprehensive approach on a national scale; today it is one of the main sources of water agriculture in the country.

Irrigation solutions: highest ratio of crop per water unit

Purification & reclamation: countless innovative breakthroughs

Desalination: the most economical in the world

Water security: applying years of experience in the field of security and defense to counter a new threat.

Israel NewTech is a national program aimed at promoting Israels water and sustainable energy sectors. The Israel NewTech program was founded on the belief that the water and sustainable energy sectors have the potential to be strong growth industries for the country, and play an important role in meeting the worlds rising needs.  This pioneering national program is led by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, and is supported by a number of additional government agencies. Israel NewTech helps to advance the water and sustainable energy sectors by supporting academia and research, encouraging implementation in the local market, and by helping Israeli companies succeed in the international arena.


  • Educational program run by various government bodies including Israel NEWTech provides advanced learning material based on Israeli excellence in the water sphere to middle and high school students.
  • Israel is joining forces with the US to provide famine relief to African countries and working with India to help clean up the Ganges River.
  • Mekorot National Water Company is constructing a new water conduit with connections to all national desalination plants.
  • IBMs research center in Haifa has developed a water pressure management solution which enables adjustments based on usage, weather and environmental conditions.
  • Watch a BBC World News Horizons series looking at the future of water technology in Israel and how its being used to solve water scarcity.

Successful Israeli Companies in the Sector

  • Drip irrigation was developed by Netafim in Israel and is today the leading irrigation technology worldwide.
  • Lesico CleanTech created the already commercially active WAIV (Wing Aided Intensified Evaporation), a wind assisted brine evaporation process. They recently signed a 4-year contract with ORICA Water Care.
  • Israeli efficient wastewater treatment innovator Emefcy was one of 10 companies selected to be 2012 New Energy Pioneers at the fifth annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York. Emefcys solution uses electrogenic bacteria to produce electricity directly from wastewater at the same time as treating it.
  • EZPACK, a start-up formed in 2010, created a unique way to transfer clean, drinkable water to disaster areas and other emergency zones making use of innovative pillow bladder tanks with a PVC outer layer and food graded material inside.
  • TaKaDu provides a Software-as-a-Service solution for monitoring water distribution networks, giving the utility real-time control over network events, using state-of-the-art statistical and mathematical algorithms.

Links and Downloads

Israel NewTech website

Israel NewTech blog (updated regularly)

Follow Israel NewTech on Twitter

Visit the Israel NewTech YouTube channel

Download marketing materials on Israel's water industry

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