GE’s Ecoimagination, the project aimed at fostering innovation in clean technology, dedicated a cover article to how Israeli water technologies are working to clean up the holy Ganges river in India, interviewing Oded Distel of Israel NewTech.
According to the article, the Ganges River provides India with more than 25 per cent of India’s total water resources. The river is considered sacred for Hindus, who believe its waters represent the goddess Gaṅgā. It is also consistently ranked as one of the filthiest rivers in the world. Bacteria levels in parts of the Ganges are 120 times greater than what is considered a safe level for bathing. Much of the river’s pollution comes not only from industrial and agricultural waste but from direct human contact.
Oded Distel is quoted in the article as saying, “Wastewater was a big headache that everyone tried to get rid of. In Israel we look at it as a resource. We treat wastewater on a national level and it is one of the main sources of water for agriculture in the country.” Israel NewTech has arranged for two delegations of Israeli water companies to visit India in the past year.
The World Bank has committed $1 Billion to the project, called the “Ganges Action Plan”. Distel cites a number of Israeli companies which technologies may be very useful in the project, including Mapal and Emefcy, as well as joint Israeli-Indian venture NaanDanJain.