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Israel to Build New Desalination Plant in Negev, Costing $2, 000, 000

The Israel Finance Ministry approved today the Government’s participation in construction of a $2, 000, 000 desalination plant in the northern Negev. The United Nations Special Fund will finance 40 percent of the investment.

The plant, to be located at Tzellim, about 15 miles from Beersheba, will use an electrodialytic method, instead of the freezing-evaporation method, developed by Dr. Alexander Zarchin. The plant will have a purification capacity of 1, 250, 000 gallons per day.