In Israel the water resources are limited and several of the farmers around the Negev desert have been forced to let their fields dry out because of the lack of water resources. This has affected the local standard of living and Israel has been forced to think of alternative solutions. One solution has been water-saving technologies in order to utilize wastewater for irrigation of crops.
AVK participated in the project in the Negev desert, where the Aryeh Pools were established. It was a project that was characterized by no compromises on quality. AVK has delivered gate valves and butterfly valves for the project.
The Aryeh Pools is a water system consisting of three pools that clean and recycle wastewater from the main town in the Negev, Beer-sheva. When the water has been cleaned, it is very close to have the qualities of drinking water and can thus be used for irrigation of various crops. The farmers are now able to take advantage of the barren areas again and to expand their farms. Where they previously were only allowed to grow animal feed and cotton because of the water quality, the farmers can now grow crops such as potatoes, carrots, lemons, almonds etc.
The whole project around The Aryeh Pools has led to a possible reuse of several million cubic meters of water and a diminution of water wastage around 10 million cubic meters a year. Another important factor for the local farmers’ survival and economy is that the cost of purified water is about half of the cost of fresh water.
AVK continue its effort in Israel and is involved in another project in the area, which will contribute to even better use of wastewater and ensure the treated water to reach even more people.