Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Shani Cooper, has said Ghana can adopt first-rate water recycling technology from Israel to solve its water-related challenges.
She said although Israel is situated in a predominantly desert area, the country’s mastery in water recycling innovation has ensured there is an abundance of water all year.
“We usually don’t have water scarcity because we are using recycled water,” she said on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Tuesday.
The Israeli Ambassador was on the morning show to, among other things, speak about the Water Technology and Environmental Control Conference and Exhibition (Watec 2019) to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel in November.
The Watec Conference and Exhibition is a key global event for the water and environmental control industry drawing manufacturers, researchers, investors, professionals, policy and decision-makers, innovators and sector-leading companies from across the world to Israel to assess new developments and innovative solutions and predict future challenges.
Speaking Tuesday on the Super Morning Show, Mrs Shani Cooper said there are numerous Israeli start-ups in Ghana with the capacity to provide cutting edge water solutions to Ghanaian businesses and individuals.
She said in Israel “88 per cent of recycled water goes to agriculture and industry. We are not leaving any drop of water wasted. The water is not drinkable but we can definitely irrigate with them; we can definitely use them for industry,” she told Super Morning Show host, Daniel Dadzie.
Potable water and sanitation in Ghana faces a number of challenges. Intermittent supply, high water losses and low water pressure are among such challenges.
Many rural communities in Ghana also do not have access to potable water.
The State of Israel has only 90 cubic metres of internal renewable water per capita annually, however, Israel is now a world leader in water management for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes.
Israel has been able to overcome its water challenges through a combination of technological innovation, government initiatives, policies, and public-private partnerships.
As a global leader in water reclamation, treating approximately 80% of its wastewater for reuse in agriculture, most of Israel’s freshwater comes from its five desalination facilities.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, has said the government is willing to work with Israel to improve the water and sanitation situation in Ghana.
She said the government of Ghana was committed to investing more in the sector.
She also indicated that she will head the government delegation to participate in the Watec 2019.