Mekorot, Israel’s National Water Company is a public utility founded in 1937. Mekorot is one of the world’s most advanced water companies, a leader in water resources management, desalination, wastewater treatment and effluent reuse, rain enhancement, water quality, water security and water project engineering. Mekorot’s uniqueness as a water utility lies in its unparalleled experience, know-how, technologies and innovative processes for the management, operation and treatment of all types of water resources, whether surface water, underground water, brackish water, seawater or effluents. Mekorot is active in the global market through its subsidiary company - Mekorot Development and Enterprise. Mekorot's revenue is about 1 billion USD in a year with 250 million USD invested in development of water infrastructure. The company is rated AAA with 2,200 employees.
In Europe and the Middle East, Mekorot was among the first to investigate and implement large-scale wastewater reuse systems like Soil Aquifer Treatment after conventional secondary treatment in Israel which has the world’s highest water reclamation rate to date. Mekorot supplies 80% of the water in Israel (about 1.5 billion m3/year) to approximately 5,000 intermediary water providers including municipalities, regional associations, agricultural settlements and industrial consumers. In addition, the company treats 40% of Israel's wastewater in eight water purification plants and with its nine wastewater reclamation plants it enables a 70% reuse of treated effluents for agriculture purposes.
Main tasks in the project:
- WP2: owner and operator of the Shafdan demonstration site (Site 7) . Responsible for piloting and performance assessment
- WP 4 – Contribution to the development and testing of the water quality assessment framework for the demonstrated processes (especially for the AOP-SAT processes) and also for the derivation of an interactive quantitative risk assessment tool.
- WP 5/6 – Contribution to understanding how the different stake holders will accept the InPR concept in Israel after proof of process in the pilot (WP5) and contribution in validation and final integration activities of AquaNES DSS (WP6)
- WP7: contribution to exploitation of AOP-SAT combination as treatment option for indirect potable reuse. MEK will organise a relevant workshop at the fair WATEC in Israel and establish interfaces with the Health Ministry.