So it's no surprise that representatives from dozens of nations – including some with whom Israel doesn't even have official relations – are here to learn how to better manage their water economies.
Israel's water technology prowess developed, of course, due to the ongoing shortage of water in the country, and the need to squeeze the maximum out of every drop. As a result, Israel has developed dozens of technologies that ensure maximum use of water.
The list of Israeli companies that have contributed to the country's water expertise is very long, as are the areas they specialize in.
These companies, of course, are among the largest in Israel's water industry, with annual exports of products and services in the tens of millions of dollars (Israel's water tech industry currently is worth about $2 billion a year).
And the visitors to WaTec have been very enthusiastic – and very impressed – regardless of where they come from. There were large contingents from Africa and Asia, as well as from South America – even from places where you'd think they have plenty of water.
A visitor from mainland China had much the same reaction. “For all its newfound sophistication and wealth, many parts of China are still backwards and do not have basic things like running water and proper sewer systems. There is much to do, and we believe Israeli companies can help us with these problems, thanks to your sophisticated technology.”