A report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics shows the chareidi tzibur uses less water than other communities in Israel. The report states per person water usage is lowest in the chareidi areas.
The report is based on figures from 2012, which shows an average annual water requirement per person being 48.8 cubes. If we look at usage by city, Elad comes in with 33.5 per person, Modi’in Illit with 34.3 per person and Betar Illit with 34.8 per person. This is even lower than the Bedouin community of Rahat, which rates 35.9 per person. In Bnei Brak annual usage per person is 41.3 and in Eilat, that number stands at 74.5. Herzliya rate 73.8, Ramat HaSharon 70.5, and Tel Aviv 63.1.
The local councils use far more water, as is seen in Kfar Shmaryahu (277.1), Savion (272), and Omer (99.9).
The wealthier communities also lead in garbage production, with the national average in 2012 being 1.7kg per person annually. Savion leads with 7.6kg per person, followed by Kfar Shmaryahu with 5.9.
Garbage production in major cities is led by Eilat with 3.3, followed by Tel Aviv (2.9), and at the far end with the lowest, Elad, with 1kg per person. Modi’in Illit follows with 1.1 and Bnei Brak with 1.4.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)