Creating Water Sensitive Cities in Israel
“Creating Water Sensitive Cities in Israel” is a four-year multidisciplinary research program that was designed to help create a high-quality, sustainable urban environment through innovative urban water management.
The program was formulated with the guidance of Monash University in Australia, a world leader in the field, together with three leading research universities in Israel: Hebrew University, the Technion, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The ultimate goal of the research program is to promote the development of sustainable cities in Israel, while creating highly liveable urban spaces, taking into account the specific needs of the Israeli urban water sector.
A number of sub-objectives are derived from the main goal. First, to pave the way for the fulfillment of the vision of Water Sensitive Cities by assessing water sensitive technologies while considering socio-economic factors. Second, to develop innovative multipurpose technologies that will harvest urban stormwater runoff in the winter, and treat polluted groundwater in the summer, for the purpose of rehabilitating the aquifers. These technologies will also improve the quality of life for the local residents. Third, to establish pilot projects in order to demonstrate the principles of water sensitive cities. These will create awareness and lay the groundwork for future community participation, from both the private and public sectors. Fourth, to collect information that can be used as a basis for developing national urban water management policy.