Water

Water

How do you grow food and provide water for a fast-growing population with a rising quality of life when you are a semi-arid country that suffers from frequent droughts? Israel has risen to this formidable challenge and come out a winner.  A key player in this national effort to do more with less water, KKL-JNF’s innovative water management solutions have enriched Israel’s water economy by a total of 260 million cubic meters per year and earned the organization the title of ‘Israel’s fourth aquifer.’


70% of Israel’s wastewater is recycled, and KKL-JNF plays a major role in this enterprise. Our 230 reservoirs across the country are vital assets in the development of irrigated agriculture: they collect and store purified wastewater and stormwater that adds up to 30% of the country’s water for agriculture and 66% of all recycled water for agriculture. These reservoirs effectively prevent the contamination of soil, rivers and streams as well as underground water. No less important, they are ecological hubs that serve as a home to many species of birds and fish.  


KKL-JNF’s ingenuity and foresight in the preservation of wetlands have earned us international recognition. Applied agricultural research in KKL-JNF R&D stations enables advanced yet sustainable farming. In addition, we develop solutions for the purification of wastewater and the rehabilitation of polluted streams; we have recreated ancient methods of planting trees in the desert, and we promote water-sensitive cities. These are only some of the unique projects through which JNF-KKL meets the national and global water crisis head on.