Tuesday, October 17th | 27 Tishri 5778

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
July 23, 2015 12:37 pm

California and Israel Exchange Water Expertise to Help West Coast Drought

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "California and Israel Exchange Water Expertise to Help West Coast Drought" to a friend
Israeli companies and officials are advising California on how to manage water during its drought. (Illustrative.) Photo: Kevin Cortopassi via Flickr.com

Israeli companies and officials are advising California on how to manage water during its drought. (Illustrative.) Photo: Kevin Cortopassi via Flickr.com.

JNS.org – Senior California state officials attended a conference hosted by the Milken Innovation Center at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies this week to learn Israeli-developed strategies that may help deal with California’s ongoing drought.

“Israel had a problem similar to the one California is dealing with 10 years ago,” Dr. Glenn Yago, a senior fellow with the Milken Institute’s Financial Innovation Lab, told Yedioth Ahronoth.

“The problem is still ongoing, but Israel now produces about 20 percent more water than the market requires. The use of water per capita in Israel is less than one-third of the amount consumed in California. This is a result of the establishment of desalination installations, the secondary use of water for agriculture, and also the citizens’ conduct,” said Yago.

The conference participants, he added, “were very excited about what we showed them, like our success in preserving and restoring the aquifers. They didn’t know it was even possible to drip irrigation pipes in some of the agricultural industries.”

Related coverage

August 29, 2017 5:47 pm
0

US Jewish Groups Praise Tillerson’s Renewal of State Department Antisemitism Envoy

US Jewish groups reacted with praise and relief on Tuesday to the news that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is...

Simultaneously, a delegation of Israeli companies working on water management and purification—such as Atlantium, Amiad, and TripleT—have been meeting with companies such as Leprino Foods, Costco, Coca-Cola, other water corporations situated in the Western U.S., as well as with officials in California’s Department of Water, Department of Agriculture, and Governor’s Office.

“I think that Israel has been a pioneer in this field for a long time now,” said Prof. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “The work with the irrigation was simply phenomenal. It’s a real game-changer. In California we are working with a drip irrigation technology, but we still have a long way to go. The technology and water management in Israel is at a very high level. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for us to share the most critical problems and cooperate with the Israelis for possible solutions.”

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com