Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World

By Seth M. Siegel

New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller!

As on a daily basis brings pressing experiences of turning out to be water shortages worldwide, there isn't any time to lose within the look for solutions.

The U.S. executive predicts that 40 of our fifty states-and 60 percentage of the earth's land surface-will quickly face alarming gaps among on hand water and the turning out to be call for for it. with no motion, meals costs will upward push, financial development will gradual, and political instability is probably going to follow.

Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can function a version for the U.S. and international locations in every single place by means of displaying the best way to blunt the worst of the arriving water calamities. in spite of 60 percentage of its kingdom made up of wasteland, Israel has not just solved its water challenge; it additionally had an abundance of water. Israel even offers water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the dominion of Jordan-every day.

Based on meticulous examine and 1000's of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the equipment and strategies of the customarily offbeat inventors who enabled Israel to steer the area in state of the art water technology.

Let There Be Water also tells unknown tales of the way cooperation on water platforms can forge diplomatic ties and advertise cohesion. Remarkably, now not in the past, now-hostile Iran trusted Israel to regulate its water platforms, and entry to Israel's water information helped to hot China's frosty kinfolk with Israel.

Beautifully written, Let There Be Water is and encouraging account of the imaginative and prescient and sacrifice by way of a country and other people that experience lengthy made water protection a best precedence. regardless of scant traditional water assets, a swiftly growing to be inhabitants and economic climate, and sometimes opposed buddies, Israel has regularly jumped prior to the water innovation-curve to guarantee a dynamic, very important destiny for itself. each city, each nation, and each reader can reap the benefits of studying what Israel did to beat daunting demanding situations and remodel itself from a parched land right into a water superpower.

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In keeping with a 2014 United international locations document, “[t]ypical volumes of water wanted end-to-end (from extraction via refining) for petroleum established fuels are [2 to four gallons of] water in step with [gallon of] gasoline. For typical gasoline, the volumes of water are nearly [5 to thirteen gallons of] water consistent with barrel similar of oil. … For hydraulic fracturing, regular water injection volumes are [2 to eight] million [gallons] in keeping with good. ” [United countries international Water evaluate software, The United international locations international Water improvement document 2014: Water and effort (Paris: United international locations schooling, medical and Cultural association, 2014), 30. ] 21. the nice Lakes are an instance the place greater floor water temperature has prompted water loss via higher evaporation. [Andrew D. Gronewold and Craig A. Stow, “Water Loss from the nice Lakes,” technology 343 (March 7, 2014): 1084–1085. ] 22. Doron Markel, author’s interview, Sapir Pumping Station (Israel), April 29, 2013. 23. for instance, over a thirty-year interval, as many as thousand infantrymen and civilians in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina can have fed on water infected with carcinogenic brokers that got here from an off-base dry cleansing corporation and different assets. [U. S. division of healthiness and Human companies, The President’s melanoma Panel, decreasing Environmental melanoma chance: What we will Do Now: 2008–2009 Annual file President’s melanoma Panel, ed. Suzanne H. Reuben (Bethesda, MD: President’s melanoma Panel, 2010), seventy eight. ] 24. clever Water Networks discussion board examine, acknowledged NRW (Non-Revenue Water) charges in city Networks (Portsmouth, U. okay. : shrewdpermanent Water Networks discussion board, August 2010), three. 25. Amman’s usual water loss among 1986 and 2004 used to be fifty three percentage. * Adana, Turkey’s 5th greatest urban, has a water lack of sixty nine percentage. ** * Nadhir Al-Ansari, N. Alibrahiem, M. Alsaman, and Sven Knutsson, “Water offer community Losses in Jordan,” magazine of Water source and safeguard 6, no. 2 (February 2014): 87. ** clever Water Networks discussion board study, op. cit. 26. David Dunlap, “Far, a ways lower than floor, Directing Water to big apple urban Taps,” the recent York instances, November 19, 2014. 27. Israel’s inhabitants on the finish of 2014 was once eight. three million. * On could 15, 1948, its inhabitants was once 806,000. ** * vital Bureau of data, Israel’s inhabitants at the Eve of Independence Day (Jerusalem: relevant Bureau of records, could 1, 2014). ** crucial Bureau of records, Israel in information: 1948–2007 (Jerusalem: primary Bureau of data, could 2009), 2. 28. in keeping with the realm financial institution, Israel’s GDP (current US$) has greater than doubled on account that 2005. 29. Benjamin Netanyahu, Speech after Signing the California-Israel Cooperation contract (Mountain View, CA, March five, 2014). 30. Israel was once ranked through the realm assets Institute in 2014 because the twenty-first so much water-stressed nation on this planet. It falls into the top bracket—“Extremely excessive rigidity. ” [Paul Reig, Andrew Maddocks, and Francis Gassert, “World’s 36 so much Water-Stressed Countries,” international assets Institute, December 12, 2013.

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