Ramat Gan is preparing for the climate crisis and is launching a vast environmental project with the support of the European Union

“Water-sensitive city”, a unique project led by the Ramat Gan Municipality with the support of the European Union and in partnership with Adam Teva VeDin, Shenkar and Bar Ilan University, is putting for the first time the climate crisis as a top priority for the city. The project has won a prestigious grant from the EU’s Climate for Cities program, C4C, which aims to help cities in the Mediterranean region prepare themselves and their citizens for climate change.
With a budget of 10 million Euros, the project will implement nature-based solutions for collecting and treating polluted runoff. It will purify the 500,000 cubic meters of runoff that flows and floods Nahal Kofar and nearby neighbourhoods each winter and return the purified water to the aquifer, thus reducing repeated flooding in nearby streets.
EU Ambassador to Israel Dmitrer Tzanchev said: “The EU recognises the important role local authorities can and should play in adopting and implementing sustainable environmental policies. In this context, we are proud to support the Water Sensitive City project, which is an exemplary initiative demonstrating outstanding municipal innovation in climate action”.

The goals of the project, which is expected to continue for three years, are to:
• Prevent contaminated runoff from reaching Ramat-Gan’s Zoo, parks, roads and eventually the sea.
• Introduce purified water into the aquifer, which will contribute to its rehabilitation
• Increase municipal water reservoirs and emergency water reservoirs.
• Give proof of feasibility for an environmental-economic model with a high return on investment (ROI).
The total project budget is 10 million euros, of which the EU will finance 3.5 euros.
Adam Teva VeDin and the municipality of Ramat-Gan are formulating an incentive policy for managing runoff water and preventing flooding as part of the municipality’s preparations for the climate crisis. Collecting rainwater and returning it to the groundwater reservoir can help reduce the economy’s dependence on desalination and restore diverse, healthy, safe drinking water sources to the public.