Can treated sewage tip back the Middle East’s Water Balance?
“The Desert Landscape of Wadi Rum in Southern Jordan: This is one of the most arid regions in the world. Water here … has to be delivered from far away.
Bedouin Salman al Mizla has just loaded up with fresh water. Today he is taking it to a drilling station in the middle of the desert.
…it should not be long before the fossil groundwater is pumped out from underneath the desert… they’ll have to dig at least 500 metres. By exploiting this non-renewable source of water, they hope to alleviate the crisis that has been persisting for decades…for there is an acute shortage of water in Jordan’s cities.”
Thus begins the video ‘Water Management in Jorden-SMART Israel.’
Produced by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, it goes on to illustrate the acute water shortage that Israel and Palestinian Territories are faced with. And some solutions that hold promise. In particular, it claims that
“decentralised sewage treatment systems can make a great contribution… 20% of the entire water balance can be returned to the region’s hydrological cycle by reusing sewage and wastewater.”
What do you think? Do you have examples/ experience that support the claim or suggest otherwise? Do share them in the Comments section below the video.