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Benny Shmulevich, 56, is the manager of a farmers' association in the Sderot region of Israel. He moved to a kibbutz not far from the Gaza border at the age of 19 and has been a farmer ever since. But things have changed recently.
"Over the last five years we've dealt with massive cuts in our water quota, forcing us to reduce our crops from 500 acres to less than 250," he said.
Because of Israel's worst water shortage ever, water prices have increased while the quota for agriculture has been cut by 30 percent. An existing reservoir in Sderot can hold no more than 500,000 cubic meters of water -- far less than what is needed -- so farmers must also use precious drinking water to preserve their fields.
In addition, there is a growing amount of sewage that urgently requires treatment to prevent environmental damage.
The solution? A new recycled water reservoir built by Jewish National Fund (JNF).
The reservoir will have a capacity of one million cubic meters, tripling the amount of treated waste water available, which will help preserve the region's agriculture industry and save farmers a lot of money.
"It will make a dramatic change in our lives," said Shmulevich.
JNF is at the forefront of combating Israel's severe water shortage; its network of 204 reservoirs and dams adds more than 66 billion gallons of recycled and flood water to the national water supply and meets 40% of Israel's agricultural water needs. To learn more, visit www.jnf.org/water.