Israel’s water authority, Mekorot, has teamed up with the Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources to help clean up Mexico’s water supply. The project will target 10 aquifers around the country and provide the Mexican government with the technical assistance they need to monitor their water sources and help provide safer drinking water around the country.
Mekorot, one of the leading water authorities in the world, has a strong tradition of partnering with water authorities around the globe, from smaller projects like France’s Veolia and Suez Environnement to giant projects like the one in Cyprus, where the company announced in 2012 that it would work with the government to build two desalination plants that will ultimately supply one-half of that nation’s water.
Mekorot has also met with the UN’s Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to discuss ways to can help use its technological know-how to meet the growing global water demand, estimated to increase by 55 percent by 2050.
This new partnership between Mekorot and Mexican’s water authority (CONAQUA) is the first of its kind between both nations. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto both witnessed the signing of the historic new water agreement between the two countries.
Shimon Ben Hamo, CEO of Mekorot, said the choice to partner with Mexico was a natural fit and one that recognized Mekorot’s commitment to improving the quality of water worldwide.
“The choice of Mexico inspires pride and respect, and also represents reaffirmation of Mekorot’s global mobility in providing solutions for problems and crises, especially in light of the current global water crisis,” he explained.
Under the agreement, Mekorot will work with the Mexican water authorities to provide “technical assistance in protection of groundwater quality, carrying out rehabilitation of the underground reservoirs and quality control of the restoration of water resources.”