Seven consecutive years of drought, coupled with an increased demand from a rapidly growing population, have led to the overexploitation of Israel’s limited natural water resources. The total water deficit is at an all-time high of about 530 billion gallons, an amount exceeding Israel’s annual water needs. Major water bodies, including the Kinneret—Israel’s only freshwater lake—have dwindled to critically low levels, threatening irreversible contamination of the water supply and long-term ecological damage.
How JNF is HelpingOver the past two decades, JNF has pioneered innovative solutions to stretch Israel’s water supply, leading to a 12% increase in the water economy. The JNF Parsons Water Fund, with a $100 million fundraising goal, was established to expand upon this vital work. The Fund supports initiatives that address the water shortage, issues of water quality, and trans-boundary challenges, with a focus on recycling, developing alternative water sources, education, stream and aquifer restoration, and research. read more