14 Dec, West Hawaii Today. When it comes to agricultural technology and resource management, Hawaii is finding a partner in collaboration nearly halfway around the world.
“There’s so much good that can come out of a collaboration between Israel and Hawaii,” said Eitan Weiss, deputy chief of mission at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles.
Weiss was on Hawaii Island for the Western Governors’ Association Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid. In an interview with West Hawaii Today, Weiss said he also used the opportunity to talk with Gov. David Ige about opportunities for Israel and Hawaii to work together on making the most of limited resources.
Among those is the availability of and access to freshwater along with solutions like desalination and water recycling.
Israel, Weiss said, leads the world in water recycling, for example.
A 2016 article published in Scientific American said Israel’s water treatment systems recapture 86 percent of the country’s water to be reused for irrigation.
The second-most-efficient country when it comes to water recycling, the article said, is Spain, which recycles 19 percent of its water.
“We have a lot to offer on those technologies,” Weiss said. “Not just the desalination process but also the reclamation of the water, because we understand that you don’t have to invest a lot of money and efforts in order to make the water drinkable again.”
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