California Professor Will Share Israeli Technology and Experience to Combat Drought

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Israeli Prime Minister uphold Memorandum of Understanding

California Drought, Israeli Prime Minister, education

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sharing of technology and enhancing economic interests between California and Israel.

Professor Eilon Adar, the director of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research visited California to share technology and experience working with scarce water resources this week. He met with academics at Stanford and toured the East Bay water facilities with California government representatives.

“As an issue of national security, Israel has successfully made itself water independent,” said California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird. “With a similar climate, California is poised to benefit greatly from by Prof. Adar and researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) as we plan for ways to better manage water, particularly in times of severe drought.”

Along with California’s state and regional water experts, Adar will visit and learn more about East Bay Area water use, efficiency, and recycling efforts. Adar will get an overview of California’s water and current drought issues, learn how the Delta Diablo Water Agency is proactively addressing resource recovery opportunities and challenges on a regional scale, get a briefing on turning bio-solids to energy, and learn more about the Stanford University partnership with Delta Diablo on their Recycled Water Technology Pilot.

“If we managed to overcome our water problems in Israel, in the Middle East, it can be done almost anywhere else in the world,” Adar said. “In order to improve the water management and efficiency in California, the water utility companies need to increase their coordination and cooperation on water use and treatment.”

Under the Israel-California MOU, GO-Biz is sharing best practices around water technology including the recycling of gray water, the University of California’s nano filtration technology, irrigation solutions developed by I-Hub partners at the Fresno State Wet Center and more.”

ZIWR was founded in January 2002 within the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, at the Sede Boqer Campus of BGU. The Institutes unite under one roof all aspects of water resources research, including extensive research activities in diverse water sciences ranging from groundwater production and desalination technologies to treatments for marginal water sources.

Among the sciences and technologies practiced at ZWIR are water desalination, water engineering, environmental hydrology, hydro-geology, hydro-biology, hydro-chemistry, and water resource economics and management.

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