U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) sought to advance the water management collaboration between the United States and Israel last week.
McSally spoke to Israeli water expert Amit Lang while chairing a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power hearing to examine the use of technology and innovation to increase water security and enable economic development in the West.
“As we look to build off of the progress made in Arizona and across the west, it is also important that we look around the world to find best practices that will continue to help move us forward,” McSally said. “By necessity, Israel has been leading the way on many aspects of water innovation for several decades. I look forward to hearing about potential opportunities for technology transfer and international cooperation on this issue.”
During the hearing, Chief Executive Officer of EMS Mekorot Projects Amit Lang offered to help the U.S. with valuable assistance to improve water technology innovation.
“I want to conclude by saying that the Israeli government recently decided to allow Mekorot to share the extensive knowledge accumulated by the company for the purpose of exporting digital knowledge services. We will be happy to work with any American company or organization in the public or private sector to help implement a reliable and secure water supply—anytime, anywhere.”
Download McSally’s opening statement HERE.
Download McSally’s questioning HERE.
Mr. Lang and other witnesses at the hearing also emphasized the important link between robust infrastructure investment and water security.
On June 28, McSally and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act. The bill was reported out of committee on September 25.
On April 16, McSally’s legislation to authorize the Drought Contingency Plan was signed into law.