(Mar. 8, 2010) On February 16, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Water Law 5719-1959. The amendment requires every public body to install accessories for the purpose of saving water in any building it owns or rents for a period exceeding five years. The amendment further authorizes the employment of inspectors for implementation of the new requirements. The Water Authority may exempt a public body from this requirement if it finds that such accessories may not be installed because of the particular conditions of a building or the infrastructure that serves it.
The Law will enter into force upon its publication in the official gazette. The Water Authority will determine preliminary rules for its operation no later than April 30, 2010.
Explanatory notes of the bill state that the Law's amendment is necessary to guarantee the right of every person in Israel to use water in light of the grave situation of the country's water supply. (The Water Law (Amendment No. 26), 5770-2010, the Knesset website, http://www.knesset.gov.il/privatelaw/data/18/3/294_3_4.rtf (last visited Feb. 25, 2010).)