Israel provides PH water management technology

Israel is providing innovative solutions to help the Philippines improve water management and conservation.

The Israel International Development Cooperation Agency and USAID have shared Israeli expertise and experience in water resource management with the Philippine government and local water concessionaires in the Philippines.

“Israel invests in technology to support the country’s growing needs and urbanization,” Israel’s ambassador to the Philippines, Ilan Fluss, said at a recent seminar.

These technologies, he said, “have been introduced along with sound policies and regulations, making Israel the world’s leading country in managing its water sector.”

“From desalination to massive sewage, minimal water loss and more,” the ambassador said.

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“Through this workshop, we hope that key Philippine implementing agencies can learn from the Israeli experience and adapt to local conditions,” he added.

He noted that Israel faces challenges in water conservation and management. The Middle East is an arid region, and “Israel is effectively a desert” over 50 percent, he said.

The Israeli embassy in Manila said National Water Resources Council director Susan Abano shared the challenges facing the Philippines as water supply continues to decline due to increased demand.

Rodel Rik Tumanda and Jon Michael Esteban, engineers from Maynilad and Manila Water, respectively, and Patrick Ty, chief regulator of the Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System, shared their views on managing water scarcity, the embassy said.

“These were analyzed by the Israeli Water Mission and advanced solutions were proposed to better manage the country’s water sector,” the embassy said in a statement.

“Israeli companies highlighted Israeli innovations and technologies to incentivize and encourage Philippine water authorities, businesses and local government units to invest in technologies that contribute to the sustainable management of water resources,” it added.

Israeli companies demonstrating water technologies include ARAD Group, Atlantium, Okiana and Watergen. These companies offer Israel’s cutting-edge technology in advanced metering infrastructure, water and wastewater management and treatment solutions, water control solutions and turnkey projects.

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