The Water Authority: The Impetus for Its Establishment, Its Objectives, Accomplishments, and the Challenges Facing It

Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 4)


Water scarcity is a “fact of life” in Israel, where demand for water routinely exceeds its supply. The commonly agreed-upon policy to bring demand and supply into balance failed mainly due to population increase. In addition, he years 2001–2005 saw the most severe drought to hit Israel in a century. In this chapter we discuss how different water issues were dealt over time by the Water Authority in Israel.


Water Allocation Average Cost Government Budget Urban Sector Water Economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Agricultural EconomicsThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Israel Water Authority and Water Authority CouncilTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Soil and Water SciencesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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