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Israel opens its first ‘water sensitivity center’

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 The Center For Water-Sensitive Cities in Israel opened in Kfar Saba last week, and all those involved are hailing it as a vision of how Israeli cities will make use of every drop of water. It is partnered with the Australian CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and Keren Kayemet LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund to begin designing cities with water in mind.

In Kfar Saba’s Hayarok neighborhood, for example, drainpipes on the street funnel water underneath the fairly new neighborhood to a park at the bottom of a hill. To the naked eye, all one sees is a well-manicured grassy park with a pond in the middle.

However, what lies underneath is a filter system, called a Biofilter, that can collect between 2,000 and 7,000 MCM of dirty rainwater, clean it and reintroduce it to the natural aquifer or use it to water the lawn. Israel already has two other such systems, located in Ramle and Bat Yam.

However, the Kfar Saba biofilter is a “hybrid” one and the first of its kind in the world. It keeps on working even during the long rainless stretch of the year. The Israeli center’s director, Yaron Zinger, calls it a type of “aquifer dialysis.”

It pumps the neighborhood’s groundwater, which Zinger said is some of the most polluted in the country, filters it through the biofilter and reintroduces the clean water back into the ground.

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