Israel California Water Conference Sets the Stage for California’s Water Stewardship

The ICWater Conference aims to promote a comprehensive and practical approach toward a sustainable water future for California.

LOS ANGELES--()--The Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast, Israel NewTech, and The Israel Export Institute will host the first Israel California Water (ICWater) Conference on June 29th in Los Angeles from 8:30am - 6:00pm at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, and on June 30th in San Diego from 9:00am - 2:00pm at the Leichtag Commons, Encinitas.

The ICWater Conference will focus on initiating and strengthening water technology partnerships and pilot projects between California and Israel to help meet California's water needs. New financial models will help water users in California's agricultural, industrial, and municipal sectors make the case for water-saving projects. The conference grew out of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Governor Brown and Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2014.

Participants include California and Israel business leaders, water technology experts, researchers, policy leaders, regulators, and public authorities. Over twenty Israeli water technology firms will be present, along with customers and business partners from the municipal, agricultural, and industrial sectors in California.

Both days of the conference will feature structured B2B meetings to discuss specific challenges, custom solutions, and partnerships with companies specializing in such areas as desalination, water reuse, drip-irrigation, and water monitoring and management.

Israel leads the world in reclaiming water, with 85 percent of wastewater in Israel recycled toward agriculture… Israel’s large investment in an adaptive and resilient water system through water conservation, desalination, water recycling and smart irrigated water management systems have led Israel to produce 20 percent more water than it consumes.1

Distinguished speakers for the Los Angeles segment of the conference include:

  • Richard Irving, Executive Chairman, Emefcy Group Limited
  • Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • David Nahai, Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Will Sarni, Enterprise Water Strategy Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Tamar Shor, Senior Deputy to the Director, Israel Water Authority
  • David Siegel, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles
  • Richard Waycott, President and CEO, Almond Board of California

A complete agenda, speaker list, additional media resources, and an FAQ are available at the ICWater Conference site:

The Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast, part of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, works to enhance mutually beneficial bi-national trade relations between business communities on the West Coast and their corresponding communities in Israel. Under the direction of Mr. Gili Ovadia, Consul for Economic Affairs to the West Coast, the IEM's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices operate across a variety of industry sectors in the 12 western-most states including Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. As a government entity, the services of the Economic Mission are completely free of charge.

Israel NewTech, led by the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, promotes the growth and leadership of the Israeli water and renewable energy sectors both domestically and internationally as the “next generation oasis” for the world’s rising needs. Israel NewTech helps advance the water and renewable energy sectors by supporting academia and research, and encouraging implementation of water and energy technology in local and worldwide markets.

The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI) operates under the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry to facilitate trade opportunities, joint ventures, and strategic alliances between Israeli companies and businesses around the world. The IEICI's Water Sector promotes Israeli technological innovation internationally. The IEICI introduces companies in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East to Israeli companies operating in various fields of interest, and provides assistance and information on the Israeli economy, development and market prospects.

1 Milken Financial Lab® Report, April 2016


for Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast
Rani Averick, 312.804.0304

Release Summary

First Israel California Water (ICWater) Conference, June 29 in L.A. and June 30 in San Diego, promotes comprehensive, practical approach toward a sustainable water future for California.


for Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast
Rani Averick, 312.804.0304