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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cost for Heads in the Sand in the Holy Land

One of the most visited postings on the Rainbow Water Coalition focused on the controversy over reusing greywater in Israel, even when academic research, coupled with the next generation of water users in Israel who are winning international prizes for their work, have determined little risk to jeopardizing the public's health. The following tidbits are from this article in The Jerusalem Post:

While Israel’s authorities allow almost no decentralized water systems, experts stressed that there would be a place for such structures – particularly greywater recycling mechanisms – in the country’s future, at a conference in the Negev last week.

The third Sde Boker Conference on Advanced Water Management Technologies was held at Ben-Gurion University Sde Boker campus.

On a national scale, using greywater could reduce urban water consumption by an annual 140 million cubic meters by 2050 (around 10%), as well as reduce electricity usage by 560 gigawatthours (about 0.5%) by that time, according to Gross.

Meanwhile, the country would be able to eliminate the need of one large desalination plant, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about an annual 6 to 8 tons and save about $3 billion-$4b. in direct costs by that same year, he added.

It sounds like some *heat* and *green* might be saved when one begins to see the light.
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When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
 ~Former US President Ronald Reagan 

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