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Nuclear Desalinator Could Make Negev Region Bloom, Weitz Says

An investment of $800 for a nuclear reactor in the Negev region could provide in 10 years both desalinated water and enough electric power to turn the Negev into a green pasture. That was the forecast Raanan Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency’s settlement department, presented to the Engineers Club here over the weekend. He said a reactor could provide 120,000 cubic meters of desalinated water annually which combined with another 100,000 cubic meters of water from treated sewage from the Tel Aviv region could make fertile a million dunams of parched land, he said.