Israel-based IDE Technologies has secured a government tender to construct a new water desalination plant in northern Israel, reported Reuters.
Hapoalim, a leading bank in Israel, will provide ILS1.3bn ($381m) for the construction of the project located close to the northern city of Nahariya off the Mediterranean coast.
This project is aimed at aiding the country to tackle future water shortages.
Once operational, it will have a production capacity of 100 million cubic metres annually.
The plant will link the Western Galilee to Israel’s national water system.
Currently, the region depends on wells to provide to water to residents.
Over years, during low rainfall periods, the supply and quality of water supplied to the north have been poor.
Following the completion of the new water facility by IDE, the total annual water desalination capacity in Israel through seven facilities will touch 900 million cubic metres, catering to around 90% of domestic and industrial water consumption requirements.
IDE Technologies will commence construction of the water desalination plant early next year.
Construction of the plant will last 30 months, with its planned opening scheduled in mid-2025.
Water from the plant will be supplied to the national network for a period of 25 years, with revenues estimated at ILS180m ($52.5m).
Image: Over years, during low rainfall periods, the supply and quality of water supplied to the north of the country have been poor. Credit: rony michaud from Pixabay.