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Despite the coronavirus outbreak, Czech company won a tender for a water reservoir project in Israel

Amid the current economic crisis, Czech company JUTA succeeded in winning the tender for the Habonim water reservoir project in the Carmel coastal area near Haifa, the largest utility water storage project in Israel in the last 5 years. In this region often plagued by drought, there are currently five other reservoirs with a total volume of 5.5 million cubic meters. The Habonim project will increase the total capacity of the reservoirs in the region by an additional area of 40 ha. For its construction, JUTA will supply 24 containers of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes worth around 20 mil. CZK (around 1 mil. EUR).

JUTA, whose history dates back to the second half of the 19th century, is a manufacturer of a wide range of products for construction, agriculture and packaging materials. More than 80% of its production is exported abroad. The company has past experience in the Israeli market, where it has been supplying its products, mainly the above-mentioned HDPE geomembranes, for years. These geomembranes are built into the in-ground and underground parts of a wide range of structures with the purpose of preventing the penetration of liquids and gases from the environment into the structure, or in the opposite direction. 

The company started supplying the product to Israel in 2010, a steady cooperation with a permanent local partner developed in 2015. In 2018-2019, the material was used to build two large utility water reservoirs, each with an area of ​​approx. 25 ha. The current construction of the Habonim reservoir is thus the most significant project in Israel using JUTA geomembranes and its implementation should begin already in April this year.

Furthermore, floating systems for the production of electricity using solar panels will be installed on the reservoir’s surface, which should partially cover the initial investment costs of the project. This system is as well intended to prevent birds from landing on the surface of this reservoir, which will be built in an area with a high occurrence of different migratory bird species.

Author: Nela Brádleová, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv, in cooperation with JUTA