Hadera Water Storage Facility
Connection to the Hadera Desalination Plant – the Dawn of the Desalinated Water Revolution
The Israel’s escalating water crisis has led to an extensive pooling of resources and efforts at a national level, in order to come up with advanced technological solutions to effect an increase in quantities of water. Due to the continuous depletion in the natural water sources, the primary solution proposed was the desalination of brackish water and seawater, through the construction of a series of desalination plants along the Israeli shoreline.
EMS Mekorot Projects was responsible for the infrastructure required to take in and store the desalinated water produced by the facility and to integrate the water into the national water grid. The Company met its deadlines on time, while maintaining a high professional level and demonstrating impressive technological and engineering capabilities.
The project’s success is a great achievement for both EMS Mekorot Projects and for Mekorot and serves as an enormous contribution to the State of Israel and to the water industry. The Hadera plant, which will supply 127 million cu. m. of desalinated water per annum and the water storage system that supplies water to the national system, will serve as a model for connecting additional desalination plants to be situated along the Mediterranean coast.
The new infrastructure and systems created as part of this project facilitate improved control over the national water system and the intelligent routing of water based on changing needs. One of the results of this project is the ability to stream water in two directions through the national system. While in the past, water flowed through the system in one direction only, from north to south, from now on, the system can also stream water in the opposite direction, thus allowing operational flexibility and integrated, efficient and energy saving management.
From Planning to Execution
The project implemented by EMS Mekorot Projects included:
Real Time Control and Response
The new system is the result of many years of planning and design. It will be administered by Mekorot staff from state-of-the-art control rooms using the most advanced water quality monitoring systems and remote wireless control systems in the world. The system will facilitate real time response to the variable demands of the various water consumers.
Protecting the Environment, Flora and Fauna
Laying the infrastructure for the project required Mekorot and EMS Mekorot Projects to contend with technologically complex statutory, design and engineering challenges, because the vicinity is a densely populated area, with a great deal of infrastructure. During the course this project, care was taken not to harm the groundwater, which is located at a level just below the surface, and not to traverse roads (including three arterial highways), a railway track and four rivers.
The project was implemented taking indigenous flora and fauna into account and it also included a process of landscape restoration. For example, prior to crossing the Hadera River and temporarily diverting it, EMS Mekorot Projects workers gathered up all the soft shell turtles that inhabited the river and transferred them temporarily to a section of the river that had not been dried up during the course of the work.