Remediation of Israel's polluted water resources should be a national priority.
Adam Teva V'Din is advocating for legislative reforms and economic incentives within a national plan to remediate closed water wells and restore them to use.
More than 300 drinking water wells have been closed and taken out of use because of pollution from agricultural runoff and/or overuse of fertilization. Former military industry sites have left a legacy of toxic contaminants ranging from industrial solvents to explosives which have spread through soil and groundwater. Wells in Ramat Hasharon were closed due to the presence of perchlorate. As long as out-of-use wells remain polluted and unexploited, Israel is reliant upon energy-guzzling desalination plants to avert another major water crisis.