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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Heads in the Sand in the Holy Land

Photo by Jeremy Dunham -
A startling headline in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz News

Israeli researchers find that gray water is safe for household use - Health Ministry opposition nixes plan for household recycling systems.

Scientists from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have proven the efficiency of gray water purification systems and that people should be encouraged to use such water. The project is one of the most comprehensive ever undertaken anywhere in the world to study the re-use of gray water - water that is generated in homes in laundry, dishwashing and bathing and can be recycled to irrigate gardens....The findings have been presented to the Health Ministry, which, however, refuses to change its stance against the use of gray water in private homes. The ministry wants to see additional research on the health implications of recycling such water.

This news should probably not come as a surprise.

The Rainbow Water Coalition has posted on this mismatch in water reuse policy in Israel here and here. Yet elsewhere in the Holy Land, greywater is embraced to the point of being the focus of ecoparks. As previously posted, such positions sound remarkably similar to Graywatergate.

Clearer vision prevails when Graywater Diplomacy is used.
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An ostrich with its head in the sand 
is just as blind to opportunity as to disaster

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