The capital of water tech

Nancy Pick

IMPELLER XYLEM | January 26, 2012

Israel, ever inventive in the face of water scarcity, is now jockeying to become a center of water technology on an international scale. A hot spot for start-up companies, the country has developed advanced technologies in desalination, irrigation, leak detection, and water recycling. Israel boasts more than 150 water tech companies, whose exports generate more than 1.5 billion U.S. dollars annually. Has the country arrived as a global hydro hub?

According to Asit Biswas, the answer is a blunt “no.” A top world authority on water resources and winner of the 2006 Stockholm Water Prize, he is known for speaking his mind. “There are only two water centers of international importance: Singapore and Stockholm.”

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