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The New National Water Carrier of Israel

The New National Water Carrier of Israel

 

From the year 2014, Israel's drinking water supply map will change. The water shortage in the country has led Mekorot to establish the New National Carrier. This is a new water system that will allow most of Israel's water consumption in coming years to be based on desalinated seawater, which will be collected by the New National Carrier from the five desalination plants along the Mediterranean coast. In addition, the direction of the water supply in the country will change: no longer will it be from north to south, but from the west in all directions simultaneously, thereby connecting remote areas that are not connected to the national water system today. Upon its completion in 2014, the New National Carrier will add about 630 million cubic meters of water a year to the national water system and in this way Mekorot will lead the State of Israel to a new water reality. Details are provided below of collection and supply of desalinated seawater by Mekorot using the New National Carrier:
        

 The Facility 

 Total Annual Supply

 Commencement of Water Supply

 Ashkelon   120 million cubic meters of drinking water   2005
 Palmachim   90 million cubic meters of drinking water 

 2007 (Phase 1) and 2013 (Phase 2)

 Hadera   145 million cubic meters of drinking water  2009
 Sorek   150 million cubic meters of drinking water   2013
 Ashdod   100 million cubic meters of drinking water  2014