The new facility will cost US $400 million and is expected to be completed in 2013. The go-ahead follows an international tender which was awarded to IDE Technologies, an Israeli world leader in water technologies and the Singapore-based Hutchinson Water International Holdings Pte. The two organizations will design, plan, and run the plant.
Uzi Landau, the national infrastructure minister, said, “The efforts of the National Infrastructure Ministry have come to fruition, and the true beneficiary of these efforts is the Israeli citizen. We fight for every drop of water,” Landau said. “Like the 'finance minister of nature,' I am proud to say that I am responsible for the fact that even after six years of drought, while our neighbors in the Middle East gave water to their citizens by means of tankers, residents of Israel are opening the tap and getting their water.” [Note: Some Middle East countries do not have water from their taps every day like Israel does.]
Source: By Edgar Asher, Isranet
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