Project Description

Recycled Water For Irrigation

JNF was a partner in establishing a system for recycling water for three kibbutzim located in the western Negev near the Gaza border which will increase the amount of water available for irrigation. For this purpose, JNF partnered in developing a system to convey wastewater for purification at a nearby treatment plant, which is then used to irrigate the kibbutzim field crops.

  • To save fresh water by using alternative water sources for irrigation.
  • To increase the Negev population by expanding existing communities and providing them with sources of revenue.
  • To improve the quality of life for Negev residents.

The kibbutzim, Nahal Oz, Kfar Aza and Mefalsim, are expanding and some 70 new families have applied to be accepted into the new expansion project. In order to expand, the kibbutzim must upgrade their sewage systems.

By contributing to the development of the Water Reclamation Facility in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council you are supporting sensible water use in Israel’s desert. Water is a scarce and precious resource in the Negev and recycling it saves water and money and is good for the environment. Your donation will enable the residents of Nahal Oz, Kfar Aza and Mefalsim to expand the scope of their agricultural activity and absorb new families that wish to move to the region.

The new JNF recycled water project will reduce the price of water for agriculture, benefit the environment and support the people who risk their lives daily just by living in the Gaza region.

Life for the people in the communities bordering Gaza is not easy, exposed as they are to artillery barrages. Nevertheless, there are new families that want to move to the area and enjoy the good things it has to offer: a rural atmosphere, close-knit communities and a good educational system. Three kibbutzim, Nahal Oz, Kfar Aza and Mefalsim, are now accepting new families who are making the move despite the tension.

One of the main sources of income for these communities is agriculture, which, of course, requires water. In order to maintain and expand farming activity, the provision of a new, less expensive source of water was necessary. The recently developed irrigation system is just that. As well as environmentally-friendly, it helps facilitate the abosoption of new members.