Wednesday February 26, 2020

Looking to Israel to chart our new way with water

As Ireland seeks to charge for water, there is much it could learn from Israel, writes Jon Ihle.

16th June, 2012
Assaf Barnea, chief executive of Kinrot Ventures: 'It has become a sexy market to invest in.' Photo: Tony O'Shea

Long before Ireland had ever considered charging households for the use of the abundant water on this rain-soaked island, Israel was having a national debate about how much 'virtual water' it could afford to export in agricultural produce such as oranges and tomatoes.

The high-tech desert country has to make tough decisions about this scarce resource every day, and not just when it comes to food production.

Chip manufacturing - another Israeli speciality - is...

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