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Guided tours along Golan Heights sewage system

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Mar 05, 2008

Golan Regional Council decides region’s drainage system can potentially become a bonafide tourist attraction.

The Golan Heights with its verdant vista and breathtaking landscapes has always been a favored Israeli tourist destination. Now visitor’s to Israel’s lush north can enjoy a unique tourist experience in the Golan: a guided tour along the local sewage system.

The Golan Heights Regional Council has decided that the region’s drainage system can potentially become a bonafide tourist attraction. They recently established an observation post directly atop the Ortal reservoir in the northern Golan Heights, where tour guides can tell visitors about new, environmentally friendly sewage treatment processes implemented in the region.

The Golan Heights sports four separate drainage channels, which serve all of the 32 different communities in the area. As part of the new tourism initiative, visitors will be able to visit each one of these reservoirs and also learn little about sewage treatment processes: that is how sewage water is purified and treated, and how it is utilized following treatment.

Visitors will then head down to the southern region of the Golan Heights, where a new plant will soon be established for the production of Biogas, a clean, easily controlled source of renewable energy, from cow manure. Environmental education aside, tourists will also be able to eat, drink and shop for souvenirs, and simply enjoy the breathtaking views the Golan offers.

The Golan Heights Regional Council also plans to establish a beautiful new grass lawn park at the heart of the Golan Heights, next to the Keshet-Yonatan commnuity, which will be watered solely with purified sewage water.

Chairman of the Golan Heights Regional Council, Eli Malka, stated that “the council decided to keep the Golan Heights region green and environmentally friendly, and has invested millions of dollars in establishing this innovative sewage system. Why not, therefore, explain to visitors to the area how we can produce electricity from cow dung or use purified sewage water to irrigate our fields?”

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Guided tours along Golan Heights sewage system
Yigal Tzur



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