Brown Bag: Scarce Water Resources and Development of Appropriate Decentralized Technologies for Sustainable Water Supply in the Negev Desert

The use of marginal water has grown significantly in Israel over the past 20 years. Currently, Israel averages more than 80 percent reuse of wastewater nationally. Uses of geothermal water, recycled wastewater and graywater in the Negev Desert Region include crop irrigation, brackish-water aquaculture, and landscape and parkland irrigation. Although marginal waters are a promising resource, potential negative environmental effects include possible contamination of groundwater and human health risks. Continuous research efforts are currently conducted to utilize marginal waters and sludge efficiently in a way that will maximize the outcome of its use with minimal negative environmental effects. Dr. Amit Gross will present an overview of several such studies with respect to the status of Israeli water resources.

Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Ariz.)

Speaker: Professor Amit Gross, Environmental Hydrochemist, Dept. of Environmental Hydrology & Microbiology, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR), Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR),
 Ben Gurion University of the Negev