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Waterline

Summary: Waterline is a podcast from Israel NewTech, created to communicate the many facets of water – technology, development, and sustainability – to educate and spread awareness about the most important natural resource that we cannot afford to lose. Our episodes set out to explore economic, political, social, behavioral, technological, and environmental aspects and challenges which the topic of water bears.

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 Sharing Water | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:33

The Mediterranean sea is where Europe, Asia, and Africa all meet. Throughout the ages, empires ruled over its entire coastline, and people used it to transfer goods, for recreation purposes, or to harvest its many food items. Today along its shores there are more than 20 countries. No longer a single empire - but rather a Mosaic of People, as was described by Waterline’s guest in this episode. Konstantina Toli, a Senior Programme Officer at Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean, points out the great challenges that are presented as our world is changing - namely climate change and the refugee's crisis. For example, in the past 5 years, nearly 2,000,000 human beings risked their lives in search of a better life and used the treacherous Mediterranean route. The result - the stresses on water supplies in the region which were already quite significant, are constantly on the rise.

 The Thirst – The Mediterranean Case | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:02

The Mediterranean sea is where Europe, Asia, and Africa all meet. Throughout the ages, empires ruled over its entire coastline, and people used it to transfer goods, for recreation purposes, or to harvest its many food items. Today along its shores there are more than 20 countries. No longer a single empire - but rather a Mosaic of People, as was described by Waterline’s guest in this episode. Konstantina Toli, a Senior Programme Officer at Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean, points out the great challenges that are presented as our world is changing - namely climate change and the refugee's crisis. For example, in the past 5 years, nearly 2,000,000 human beings risked their lives in search of a better life and used the treacherous Mediterranean route. The result - the stresses on water supplies in the region which were already quite significant, are constantly on the rise.

 A Crack in the Wall – On Dams (part 2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:01

In this second part of our tale of dams, we will hear what happens once things go horribly wrong. Throughout history, faulty dams have created man-made disasters costing lives and the earth. We will be hearing about one disaster in particular - The Mariana Dam Disaster - that happened in Brazil in 2015. We will also revisit the town of Gatun, the dam that was built there and the lake that made the Panama Canal, with a somber look on the life of ordinary people there.

 Building a Dam in Gatun – On Dams (part 1) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:47

It took nearly four decades, the lives of some 30,000 human beings and billions of US Dollars in current values to build; it was a source for heated debates and the kiss of death to some careers; it was rooted in vision - but took ample amounts of practicality to realize. You might know it simply as The Panama Canal - in a stretch of land not wider than 70 kilometers wide, humanity saw the opportunity to connect two great oceans - the Atlantic and the Pacific - and managed to cut the route by sea from California to Europe - by half. The keystone of the canal is a dam that was the biggest ever to be built at the time - the dam near the small town of Gatun. You are invited to hear a tale about politics, engineering, money and tons of controversy, which, a century on is all but forgotten.

 The Spirit of Water | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:27

Ask anyone “what is water?” and most likely you’ll hear them say – water is life. What is it about water that makes it stand out more than any other element? What is the effect water has on us humans – on a metaphysical level? How do we perceive water? Once you meet people for whom water … Continue reading "The Spirit of Water"

 “Desalting the Sea” – Desalination | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:17

The rainy season of 2017-2018 in Israel marked the 6th year of drought in a row. However – water is still available on tap 24/7. In a semi-arid land, any drop missing from the annual natural precipitation creates a deficit. Six years of diminished precipitation might spell disaster. And yet – if you look at a … Continue reading "“Desalting the Sea” – Desalination"

 “Water Makes the World Go ‘Round” – The Water Economy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:38

Water is a global issue as much as it is a local issue. Water is life – anyone will tell you that. However, when was the last time you thought about water and the role it plays in the global economy? I am sure you can tell me the price of a used car but … Continue reading "“Water Makes the World Go ‘Round” – The Water Economy"

 “Every Drop Counts” – Urban Water Distribution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:05

It is midnight. The house is quiet, and everybody is asleep. You are reminded that the faucet in the kitchen is faulty by the constant drip-drip-drip-drip noise it makes. You toss and turn – but not alarmed; just ever so slightly annoyed. If you allow it to drip at a rate of a drop a second during … Continue reading "“Every Drop Counts” – Urban Water Distribution"

 “Alchemy: Turning Milk into Water” – Sustainable Water Management | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:18

Carlo Galli is Nestlé’s Technical Manager of Water Resources. In his work, he is in charge of making sure that Nestlé’s worldwide operations are water-sustainable; not an easy task, taking in count the fact that it takes a lot of water to make food. In this episode, we focus on sustainable water management. Idan has … Continue reading "“Alchemy: Turning Milk into Water” – Sustainable Water Management"

 Water for All – Regulation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:15

Israel is in a semi-arid region. Global climate changes create longer drought periods in the region. And yet, looking from above, one can see green fields and forests, and high-quality water is delivered to homes, businesses, farmers and the industry 24/7. Several components contribute to this success, but it all begins with the Israeli Water … Continue reading "Water for All – Regulation"

 (f)Low Tech to High Tech – Entrepreneurship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:38

The industry of water is regarded to, traditionally, as low tech. This fact makes it an excellent place for entrepreneurs to find new ways to disrupt, update, change and streamline the processes. To bring this industry – effectively – from low tech to high tech. In this episode of Waterline, we will hear from Eytan … Continue reading "(f)Low Tech to High Tech – Entrepreneurship"

 “Water & Peace” – Hydropolitics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:17

More often than not – water has been a source of deadly conflicts worldwide. For example, the spark that ignited the Syrian civil war is attributed to the country’s poor management of its water sector. Are we able – in this day and age, when water scarcity is a growing global phenomenon – to create … Continue reading "“Water & Peace” – Hydropolitics"

 “Still Waters Run Deep” – Drip Irrigation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:07

As with any great invention – drip irrigation began by chance. All it took is a man with an abundance of curiosity and a strong will to solve problems. In 1961 Eng. Simcha Blass realized an idea he carried with him for more than 30 years, with the help of Kibbutz members in the Negev … Continue reading "“Still Waters Run Deep” – Drip Irrigation"

 “Want Not? Waste Not!” – Wastewater | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:01

Have you ever thought about the vast potential there is in the water (and, er… the… ahhh… ingredients, let’s say) you flush down the toilet? Discarded wastewater – once treated – has an economic and ecologic value that can drive a nation’s economy and even light up your house. How? All inside this episode of Waterline. … Continue reading "“Want Not? Waste Not!” – Wastewater"

 Pilot Episode: “One & All” – Water Pollution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:30

The amount of water in our world is finite. And albeit all around us – the actual amount we humans can consume is minute. The sources of freshwater around the world – rivers, lakes and underground sources – are extremely delicate and prone to contamination.The best way to deal water pollution? – a smart combination of … Continue reading "Pilot Episode: “One & All” – Water Pollution"

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