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%.
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.
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 Israel’s 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 world’s 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.
IBM’s research center in Haifa has developed a water pressure management solution which enables adjustments based on usage, weather and environmental conditions.
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. Emefcy’s 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)
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Download marketing materials on Israel's water industry