ISRAEL offers innovative solutions to help the Philippines improve water resource management and conservation.
The Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation and the US Agency for International Assistance shared Israel’s expertise and experience in water resources management with the Philippine government and local water concessionaires in the Philippines.
“Israel has invested in technology to support growing demand and urbanization in the country,” Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss said during a recent seminar.
The technologies, he said, “were introduced along with good policies and regulations that have made Israel the world’s leading country in managing the water sector.”
“From desalination to wastewater reuse, minimal water loss and more,” the ambassador said.
“Through this seminar, we hope that the key enforcement agencies of the Philippines will learn from the Israeli experience and adapt it to local conditions,” he added.
He pointed out that Israel faces challenges in water conservation and management. The Middle East is an arid area and more than 50 percent of “Israel is actually desert,” he said.
The Israeli Embassy in Manila said National Water Resources Board director Susan Abano shared the challenges facing the Philippines as water availability continues to fall due to rising demand.
The embassy said engineers Rodel Rik Tumanda and Jon Michael Esteban of Maynilad and Manila Water, respectively, and Patrick Ty, chief regulator of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, presented their perspectives on dealing with water scarcity.
“These were analyzed by the Israeli water delegation and presented progressive solutions to better manage the country’s water sector,” the embassy said in a statement.
“The Israeli companies highlighted Israel’s innovation and technology to inspire and encourage the Philippine water sector, businesses and local government entities to invest in technologies that contribute to water sustainability,” she added.
Israeli companies presenting their water technologies included ARAD Group, Atlantium, Okiana and Watergen. The companies offer state-of-the-art Israeli technologies in the areas of advanced metering infrastructure, water and wastewater management and treatment solutions, water control solutions and turnkey projects.