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Israeli Innovation Helps California Schoolchildren Conserve Water

School kids carry a rain barrel

Israeli science teacher Amir Yechieli installed the Holy Land’s first rainwater collection bin at an elementary school 16 years ago. Today, his company, Rain Harvest, boasts a client list of more than 140 schools – including three in California, a drought-ridden state desperately in need of Israel’s water-conservation expertise.   

Students at three California elementary schools will use Rain Harvest’s barrels to recycle water by collecting rain. Students will set barrels outside and collect the rainwater to be reused in gardens and for toilet flushing....

Each school plans to make the rain barrel program part of its curriculum, teaching students in the classroom about water conservation and about the large rain barrels outside their window. Along with conserving water, the program teaches children that water is a resource and not a commodity. The experience changes the water habits of numerous students, who become conservation leaders at a young age.

The U.S.-Israel Center on Innovation & Economic Sustainability at UC San Diego is heading this program.  

“The water conservation efforts the students in San Diego and Encinitas will spearhead is wonderful, but what really will be inspirational will be watching how the rain barrel program changes how these kids think about and use water,” said Susan Lapidus, Executive Director of USIC. “It’s very exciting to be able to bring this technology developed in Israel to San Diego. It is my fervent hope that this is just the beginning of technology transfers between San Diego and Israel.”

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