Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World
Seth M. Siegel
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As every day brings urgent reports of growing water shortages around the world, there is no time to lose in the search for solutions.
The U.S. government predicts that forty of our fifty states-and 60 percent of the earth's land surface-will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow.
Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the United States and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with 60 percent of its country made of desert, Israel has not only solved its water problem; it also had an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan-every day.
Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the methods and techniques of the often offbeat inventors who enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology.
Let There Be Water also tells unknown stories of how cooperation on water systems can forge diplomatic ties and promote unity. Remarkably, not long ago, now-hostile Iran relied on Israel to manage its water systems, and access to Israel's water know-how helped to warm China's frosty relations with Israel.
Beautifully written, Let There Be Water is and inspiring account of the vision and sacrifice by a nation and people that have long made water security a top priority. Despite scant natural water resources, a rapidly growing population and economy, and often hostile neighbors, Israel has consistently jumped ahead of the water innovation-curve to assure a dynamic, vital future for itself. Every town, every country, and every reader can benefit from learning what Israel did to overcome daunting challenges and transform itself from a parched land into a water superpower.
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country’s neighbors, no problem. Discount or give away all you’d like. But whatever you take or allocate, the government has to reimburse the water utility for the water used.” There would be no more free, cheap, or subsidized water, he told them. “Everyone would be on the same rules. Everyone pays.”7 In all, household water prices were increased forty percent.8 The public howled, and logically so. There was no apparent change in the water that came to their homes. For what seemed to be the same
agreement is announced. Introduction A GLOBAL WATER CRISIS LOOMS You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry. —Bob Marley DESPITE ITS NAME, there are no covert operations at the National Intelligence Council. It is a sober, cautious US government agency more akin to a university faculty club or a think tank than the spy agency its name suggests. The council issues reports—some of which are top secret—that integrate information from other intelligence agencies to help government
Palestinians covering a range of subjects, which were to be held inside Israel. Nearly all of these courses had a significant connection to water. Israel had been conducting training programs in developing countries around the world since the late 1950s—and in Egypt since the early 1980s—and began doing so in the West Bank and Gaza in 1968, soon after the Israeli conquests there. This was an extension to the Palestinians of the Israeli programs already well received elsewhere. The programs’
children who studied there under Israeli teachers. Even more remarkable, the shah came to visit Arie Issar and his team in Qazvin not long after Israel’s crushing defeat of three Arab armies in the June 1967 Six-Day War—signaling his approval of the work of the Israelis in Iran. The shah also encouraged delegations of Israelis in other specialties to visit and he sent Iranian officers and scientists to Israel. Some Iranian water professionals stayed in Israel for extended periods to learn