Water and food challenges are here to stay. The demand for great quantities of good-quality water and food is rapidly increasing as a result of a growing population, combined with economic growth and development. Closing the gap between supply and demand of water and food requires extensive investments in a variety of sustainable measures. For over 60 years, TAHAL has played a global role in developing access to water and enhancing agricultural production. In order to create sustainable projects and avoid “white elephants”, we are fully committed to providing solutions on an economic basis and in an environmentally sound and socially responsible manner, considering present needs as well as the needs of future generations.
There is probably no better example than water and agricultural projects for demonstrating how social, environmental and economic goals are intertwined. Our water supply system development projects in rural areas of developing countries support not only food security but also create job opportunities, generate income in rural areas, reduce wealth gaps among families, halt desertification, increase hygiene and survival rates of newborns, reduce urbanization caused by immigration to cities for employment, etc.
Acting responsibly, as well as performing environmental impact assessments, has become an integral part of our projects, affecting TAHAL’s own design and planning activities – where prevention and mitigation of environmental risks are a key element in each project. This matches also the requirements by leading commercial banks as a pre-condition for obtaining financing.
Health and Safety Responsibility
In addition, TAHAL is committed to health and safety procedures, assuring a safe working environment in its worldwide offices and project sites. Our quality assurance system is certified in compliance with ISO 9001:2008, and our environmental and occupational health & safety management systems are certified in compliance with ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.