Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) is banking on desalination programs to solve Israel's worsening water crisis, after a relatively dry weather which has left water resources at dangerously low levels. Israel is the "Silicon Valley of water," he said.
Increasing desalination capacity can result in Israel supplying 70 percent of household water consumption, he asserted. His ministry soon is to publish a tender for a new facility to produce 100 million cubic meters of water a year. Ben-Eliezer criticized previous ministers for failing to develop similar technology, which he said could have solved the water crisis before it occurred.