Cheaper water in the Middle East?

August 2003
Middle East;Aug/Sep2003, Issue 337, p63
According to Professor Tony Allan, a leading Middle East water expert and lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, great strides have been made in the desalination industry since 2001. Once viewed as an expensive luxury, desalinated water could be the key to unlocking Middle East's ongoing water disputes. Israel had resisted installing desalination plants in the past because of the expense. The professional opinion in Israel, certainly towards the end of 1990s, which was shared by the Israeli Ministry of Finance, was that Israel did not need to rely on desalination until 2005 at the earliest. This decision was partly economic and partly political. Israel wanted to settle the existing water supply negotiations first before instigating new water supply sources.


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