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Zarchin’s Desalination Too Costly for Israel, Expert Says

January 21, 1960
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Dr. Alexander Zarchin’s new process for desalination of water, which is being tested at a pilot plant in Israel by engineers of Fairbanks-Whitney Co., an American firm, “cannot solve Israel’s water problems because of the high costs involved,” A. Wiener, director of the National Water Authority, declared here today.

According to Mr. Wiener, the Zarchin method for turning salt water into fresh water will cost about 10 cents per cubic meter. At present, Mr. Wiener declared, the average cost of fresh water brought from natural sources in this country is one and a half to two cents per cubic meter.

Mr. Wiener added, however, that the Zarchin process may provide an important solution to the fresh water problem in remote and isolated areas, like Israel’s southern port of Elish, or on islands where there is no fresh water available.

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