The most precious natural resource on the planet is water. Water provides energy, nourishment and life to humans, plants and animals. On the most basic level, humans need water to survive, and in this moment, over 1 billion people suffer from not having clean drinking water.
For those of us with easy access to clean water, it might not be a second thought. However, with the worldwide population booming, there is a glaring global issue to be considered before it becomes complete chaos – water shortage. Water is a necessary resource being depleted, destroyed and disregarded every day. Without an action plan for the future, in less than a decade, more than two thirds of the world’s population will lack access to clean water.
There are plenty of organizations and nonprofits picking up on the need to manage and distribute water, and there is one country leading the way to create a sustainable foundation to effectively use water in the long term.
When Israel was established in 1948, over 60% of the land was desert – dry, barren and totally unusable. Today, what was once desert blossoms with life and agriculture thanks to the many Israeli innovations. With only a few sources of fresh natural water, Israel was determined to find ways to manage their minimal resources, and has successfully contributed to the flourishing growth
Israel has taken the lead in contributing to the world of water conservation and reusability. Thanks to their drip irrigation system, water desalination plants, and creative resources, Israel is number one when it comes to conserving, cleaning, and reusing water. Not only does the small country which was in fear of draught years ago now provide its citizens clean and fresh drinking water – it also shares its resources with its Jordanian and Palestinian neighbors. Compared to the USA’s 5%, Israel recycles 85% of its water.
Water may seem trivial, but it’s highly taken for granted by those who have it. For those who don’t, Israel has created sustainable solutions to change the way people live, to save lives, and to prevent water shortage in the future. Over 1 million children die per year because of diseased water, and this number is only growing. Water management is a serious need, and resources are available. Countries need to begin to implement these Israeli innovations to effectively manage their water systems, if they want to create a life where their citizens can thrive, and not merely survive. With Israel’s success in doing so for its own citizens, it’s time to spread the solutions, and save the water.