Water and Salt
From Underwater Pumping to Crystallization
This stage is the first and primary milestone in salt production. It entails diligent management, control, and monitoring of the flow of water and of the system of evaporation ponds. Seawater, the sole raw material in the production process, is pumped and sent to the upper evaporation ponds. Water flows from these ponds down a natural inclination, with precise monitoring of the concentration of salt in the solution, through a series of ponds, to the crystallization ponds. In this stage the company focuses on:
1. Managing the water resource and the sea-pipe interface
Safe pumping in a shoreline environment; managing the system of water transportation in Eilat and along channels of water drainage and silt from the Eilat Mountains to the west and the Edom Mountains to the east; effective utilization of the water resource, controlling and monitoring the natural evaporation process, and the drainage of brine from the ponds to the sea.
2. Maintaining biodiversity and unique ecological niches
Routine maintenance and environmental management of evaporation ponds; monitoring water quality and endemic bacteria that evolve in hyper-saline environments; reconstruction of open landscapes in the Evrona salt flats; maintenance of a refreshment and nesting station in seasonal north-south bird migration paths.
3. Dialogues with environment-protection, educational and environmental tourism organizations
A joint bird-watching program; preserving and improving Bird Island off the Atlit shore, in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the Nature and Parks Authority, and leading experts.