Israel planning offshore desalination plants - report

Israel's Water Authority is planning a series of desalination plants on offshore islands because of difficulties in finding suitable onshore sites, says a report on Haaretz.com.

The Water Authority Council recently approved a plan for water development for the next 40 years which will require investment of NIS 200 billion (US$ 55 billion) and avoid raising the cost to the consumer.

The Israeli government already has a goal of 750 million m³/year by 2020, but will have to double that figure before 2050, the plan says. This is based on a likely consumption per person of 96 m³ in spite of an expected rise in living standards.

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