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Zalul in the News: Reuters UK

October 17, 2007

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Untreated wastewater flows into the Mediterranean.

Israel’s Mediterranean: a septic tank?

After a successful battle against fish cages destroying the coral reefs of the Red Sea, Zalul is focusing its clean-up fight on wastewater permits issued by a government committee.

More than 100 permits for discharging wastewater into the sea are granted by the committee every year — sometimes very close to bathing beaches, Zalul says.

“There is a big problem in Israel confronting industries and municipalities and the government doesn’t want to invest money,” Yariv Abramovich, Zalul’s managing director, told Reuters.

Discharged into the sea every year with the committee’s authorization are 140 tons of heavy metals, 130 tons of pesticides, 5 tons of arsenic, 1,300 tons of ammonia and a ton of cyanide, the Zalul report said.

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