Israel's water tech: Sea water to drinking water to filling up Sea of GalileeIsrael, a leader in making seawater drinkable, plans to pump excess...Israel's water tech: Sea water to drinking water to filling up Sea of Galilee
Israel, a leader in making seawater drinkable, plans to pump excess output from its desalination plants into the Sea of Galilee, depleted by overuse and threatened by climate change.
Irregular rainfall, rising temperatures and intensive pumping have overtaxed the world's lowest freshwater lake, which for decades has served as the Jewish state's main sweetwater reservoir.
Israel now plans to tackle the challenge by reversing the water flow through its vast network of pumps, pipes and tunnels dating to the 1960s, the National Water Carrier.
Authorities hail the project as a showcase for Israel's cutting-edge desalination and water management technology, which can also help deepen ties with arid Arab states.
Critics charge that Israel has long short-changed Palestinians out of their fair share of water, leaving much of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip facing severe water stress.
And environmentalists note that the more Israel relies on fossil fuels to power its desalination plants, the more its carbon emissions will worsen climate change.
For now however, experts say, urgent action is needed to brace the country for global warming coupled with rapid population growth.