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NV & Israel, Similar Water Challenges, Successes

PHOTO: Nevada and Israel have a lot in common when it comes to water. Image courtesy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
PHOTO: Nevada and Israel have a lot in common when it comes to water. Image courtesy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
October 25, 2013

LAS VEGAS – In the world of water, Israel and Nevada share common challenges and successes.

Learning more about those successes was part of Gov. Brian Sandoval's mission when he spoke recently at the Water Technology and Environment Control Exhibition and Conference (WATEC) in Israel.

Meanwhile, J.C. Davis, public information coordinator with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, says the ongoing water shortage has forced governments to come up with solutions.

"There are some parallels between the situation Israel finds itself in from a water perspective and the one in Nevada,” he explains. “You know, we're having to be much more ingenious about how we use our water to stretch the water supply."

Speaking at WATEC in Tel Aviv, Sandoval said, "New technologies and smart solutions are essential for Israel to meet the water demands necessary for a growing and vibrant population and industrial sector and the same can be said for Nevada.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Israel and WATEC to expand on the opportunities available to us."

Davis says Nevada captures and reuses more than 90 percent of all indoor water. Israel's success is similar.

Nationally, Davis says only about one percent of wastewater is treated and reused. He says another big help for water conservation is rapid advancement in treatment technology.

"Detection technology on contaminants has advanced rapidly,” he adds. “Scientists are able to find contaminants at parts per trillion – quantities that are difficult for a lot of people to even get their mind around."

Davis says another critical and complicated component of wastewater management is the engineering required to move water to the location where it is stored and treated.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV