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April 17, 1981 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-04-17

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Friday, April 11, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israel Intensively Using All Its Water Resources

A recent article by Peter
Gwynne and Milan J. Kubic
in Newsweek magazine de-
scribed Israel's intensive
use of water resources.
Since 1950, Israel has in-
creased its water utilization
from 17 percent to almost 95
percent. Experts attribute
such success largely to
shrewd planning. When Is-
rael became a state in 1948,
the founding fathers im-
mediately proclaimed all
water a national property
and entrusted it to an inde-
pendent agency known as

the Tahal.
As its first priority, Tahal
began collecting water from
every possible source. Along
Israel's 125-mile-long coast,
engineers dug 30 wells per
mile to trap 10 billion gal-
lons of fresh water annually
before it could seep out
under the sea. Planes reg-
ularly seed clouds with
silver iodide to encourage
rain, while kibutzniks and
farmers burn the chemical
in special generators on the
ground. The land and air at-
tacks on clouds have swol-

len rainfall by about 15 per-
cent.
Tahal distributes its
bounty through a system
of canals, pipes, tunnels
and wells. Each year it
channels close to 90 bil-
lion gallons of fresh
water across Israel. °
At Avdot, deep in the
Negev desert, ecologists
from Ben-Gurion Univer-
sity have refurbished a
2,000-year-old network of
dry riverbeds and stone-
lined conduits to direct the
runoff of rain from the hills

Joan H. Shapiro, M.D.

ANNOUNCES THE REOPENING OF HER OFFICE FOR THE
PRACTICE OF OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
280 NORTH WOODWARD AVENUE
SUITE 218
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to nearby fields.
technology
Modern
ensures that farmers use no
more water than their pro-
duce requires. Sprinklers
have given way to drip irri-
gation. Computers monitor
air temperature, humidity
and wind speed and adjust
the amount of water deliv-
ered to the roots of the crops.
In one test, a region that
had yielded 9.52 tons of me-
lons per acre using
sprinklers produced 17.2
tons with drip irrigation.
Genetic engineers have
also joined the battle to
preserve water. A minia-
ture peach tree developed
by government scientists
can be planted at the as-
tonishing density of 3,200
trees per acre (compared
with the normal 120). Be-
cause the trees grow so close
together, they can be drip-
irrigated and their fruit
harvested quickly.
Researchers have di-
vided all fruits and veg-
etables that are grown in
Israel into four
categories, according to
their tolerance for salt.
This allows' water mana-
gers to stretch scarce ir-
rigation water by mixing
fresh and brackish
supplies. New varieties of
cucumbers, tomatoes,
melons and peppers, de-
veloped by careful
cross-breeding, thrive in
water whose salt content
is five times greater than
normal.
actively
Israel
encourages its citizens to
save water, combining the

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Orchard Lake Rd., West
Bloomfield, is presenting
beauty care at reduced
prices during evening
hours, Monday through
Friday, from 3 to 9 p.m. For
appointment, call Diane
Nevorski, 626-9191. Reg-
ular salon hours and serv-
ices are available Monday
through Saturday 9 a.m. to
5 p.m.
* * *
Stuart M. Alter, district
agent of • the Lutheran
Mutual Life Insurance Co.,
was fourth in sales among
ali first-year agents during
March. He is a member of
the company's Executive
Club.
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carrot of public-service an-
nouncements with the stick
of stiff fees. Jerusaleth
households pay 25 cents for
their first 4,227 gallons of
water each month, but 50
cents for each 264 gallons
beyond that.
No industrial plant can be
built unless the water com-
missioner has approved its
water-recycling plan.

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