Horizons programme looks at new technology to combat water scarcity

Visiting Israel was a real eye-opener into the way that the country is dealing with its problems of water scarcity through grass roots innovation."Rebecca Hayman, Assistant Producer of Horizons
Date: 07.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.56
Category: BBC World News
On Friday 11 November, the BBC World News Horizons series looks at the future of water technology in Israel and how it’s being used to solve water scarcity.

A combination of population growth, urbanisation and climate change is making water scarcer and this now affects one in three people across the world. For example, the Middle East and North Africa is home to 5% of the world’s population, but it only has a 1% share of the earth’s fresh water resources. It’s also estimated that by 2030, 3.9 billion people – around half of the entire global population - will be living in areas of high water stress.

Horizons presenter, Adam Shaw, finds out how Israel - of which two thirds is desert - is becoming a global leader in water re-use and is developing technology to improve the quality of water. It’s become the most advanced country in the world at recycling water, with currently 70% of waste-water being recycled compared to the next best market, Spain, which only manages to recycle 12%.

Rebecca Hayman, Assistant Producer of Horizons says, “visiting Israel was a real eye-opener into the way that the country is dealing with its problems of water scarcity through grass roots innovation. I was amazed at the way reverse osmosis desalination techniques have developed since their inception in Israel over 40 years ago. One of my most memorable moments was drinking desalinated water at the Hadera plant. I was astounded that only 45-minutes before I put a cup of fresh water to my lips, the very same water had come straight from the Mediterranean!”

Adam Shaw also meets some of the most influential people in the global water market for desalination, filtration and waste management including Eytan Levy and Ronen Schechter the founders of AqWise.

This ten-part second series of Horizons travels across the globe to destinations including the USA, Brazil, China to find out about the business ideas that could shape mankind's future.

The Horizons series, sponsored by DuPont, airs weekly on Fridays at 23:30, Saturdays at 02:30 and 15:30, and Sunday’s at 9:30 and 21:30 (all times GMT). For programme highlights and an insight into the future of global business visit www.horizonsbusiness.com. For all the latest news, behind-the-scenes pictures/videos and updates from Adam Shaw please follow at facebook.com/horizonsTVseries and/or on twitter at @horizonsbiz.