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The Challenge

Seven consecutive years (2005-2012) of drought, coupled with an increased demand from a rapidly growing population, have overexploited Israel’s limited natural water resources. Major water bodies, including the Kinneret—Israel’s only freshwater lake—have dwindled and lowered aquifers are threatened by contamination of the water supply and long-term ecological damage.

How JNF is Helping

Over the past three decades, JNF has worked to help alleviate Israel’s chronic water shortage, leading to a 12% increase in water availability by constructing some 250 recycled water reservoirs. The JNF Parsons Water Fund was established to expand upon this vital work. The Fund supports initiatives that address water treatment and quality issues, pollution and trans-boundary water challenges, with a focus on recycling, developing alternative water sources, education, stream and aquifer restoration, and research. read more

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