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Israel, China advance water collaboration

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 Israeli water sector entrepreneurs may have found the ideal global gateway for their groundbreaking technologies.

As the Chinese government becomes increasingly eager to rehabilitate polluted aquifers and provide clean, efficient resources to an ever-expanding middle class, Israeli water sector entrepreneurs may have found the ideal global gateway for their groundbreaking technologies.

A delegation of Chinese government and water industry leaders gathered on Tuesday with their Israeli counterparts at the biennial Tel Aviv WATEC event, the 8th International Exhibition and the 5th International Conference on Water Technologies and Environmental Control.

At a session devoted primarily to the forthcoming Chinese-Israeli Shouguang “Water City,” the experts discussed how the partners might together achieve their ideal “innovation playground.”

“Israel is really famous for its technology and when it comes to wastewater treatment and water-related technology,” said Song Zhihu, deputy mayor of Shouguang. “It is really important to us to work together with Israel to build this new type of city in China.”

During his term as economy minister, Education Minister Naftali Bennett launched the future Shouguang Water City with the municipality’s leadership, while visiting the region in November 2014. Chinese officials followed up with a visit to Israel this March, to explore some of the water innovation available in Israel.

Chosen jointly by Israeli and Chinese government officials, Shouguang is slated to become the host city in China for the commercial-scale implementation of Israeli water technologies, providing the municipality with sorely needed innovation in fields such as desalination, sewage treatment and irrigation, the Economy Ministry said at the time. From the Israeli perspective, meanwhile, the hope is that the model will be replicable and will persuade Chinese national authorities to adopt such solutions in other cities.

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