Israel aims to bring clean water to the world

Monday, April 22, 2013 |  Yossi Aloni

Israel last week unveiled at the UN a unique new filtration system that will finally allow people in Africa and South America to access clean drinking water.

The presentation of the new system came during the Israeli delegation's celebration of Israel's 65th Independence Day at UN headquarters in New York City. Under the banner of "65 Years of Israeli Innovation," the event was attended by ambassadors from around the world, UN officials, journalists and leaders of the Jewish community in New York.

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor told those gathered, "In just six decades, Israel has moved from harvesting apples to designing Apple computers; from planting trees in the desert to putting companies on the NASDAQ stock exchange. We are one of the only countries in the world that puts electric cars on the road, launches satellites into space, and wins Nobel Prizes for its scientists."

"After 65 years, Israel," Prosor continued, "has patented the perfect recipe for success: if you want stability, empower your people. If you want sustainability, engage every member of society. And if you want prosperity, invest in your greatest natural resources – your human resources."

At the height of the event, Prosor unveiled the innovative water technology known as "Woosh," developed by the Israeli company Odis.

For over a decade already Odis has been providing drinking water systems to UN forces deployed in parts of the world without adequate water infrastructure.

The Woosh will enable Odis to get more water to more of those who need it most. "This machine is the first-of its-kind," explained Prosor. "It can connect to the main water supply of any city — regardless of how toxic it is — and provide purified drinking water to anyone on the street."

The presentation of the new system was made in honor of the UN's International Year of Water Cooperation.

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