‘Growing awareness’ seen driven by Western immigrants.
Jerusalem — Due to the severe drought that has gripped the Middle East for much of the past decade, the saving of water has been drummed into the Israeli consciousness.
During the warm months it is forbidden to water gardens during daylight hours, and hosing down a car is prohibited any time of day.
On a national level, the government recycles more water — 75 to 80 percent — than any other country. Private and business consumption decreased during the past year, after the Water Authority increased the cost of water.