Israel: Government thinks over adding magnesium to country’s water supply.
The government of Israel is expected to decide this week whether Israel should add magnesium to its desalinated water which would save lives, but also significantly raise water rates. If Israel does add the mineral to desalinated water, it would be the first country in the world to do so. But various government authorities have spent the past three years arguing over how much it would cost to add the magnesium. Magnesium is said to help maintain a normal heart beat, adding it to the water could save the lives of 250 Israelis a year. The cost would be between NIS 15 million and NIS 20 million a year, while the Israel Water Authority says the plan would cost hundreds of millions of shekels a year, significantly pushing up the rates paid by consumers. The ministry was referring to findings showing that parts of the north and south of the country, some of which are more economically deprived than the center of the country, are already relying primarily on desalinated water. Israel is considered a global trailblazer in water desalination, a process in which salt and other minerals are removed from seawater.