US: ‘We will be ready to deploy’ in case of an international plumbing disaster
The United States has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to work with Israel to prepare for a possible international plumbing crisis, a senior U.S. diplomat told Israel’s Channel 2 television on Tuesday.
The diplomat, who asked not to be identified, said Washington has asked for help in the form of a loan and technical assistance to Israel in order to ensure that the plumbing systems of all of the countries affected in the worst case scenario are not affected in a disaster.
The IMF has expressed concern over a number of problems in the supply chain and has been providing technical assistance since March 2016.
The U.N. has also raised the issue of supply chain bottlenecks in the past.
The envoy said that Israel’s decision to suspend operations of its water treatment plants and to not reopen its water filtration systems on Monday was a wake-up call to the international community.
“This is a wake up call to everybody, and we will be prepared to deploy if we need to,” he said.