Israel Considers Adding Magnesium to Water Supply

TEL AVIV

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to decide this week whether Israel should add magnesium to its desalinated water - a move the Health Ministry says would save lives, but also significantly raise water rates. Adding magnesium, which is said to help maintain a normal heart beat, could save the lives of 250 Israelis a year who would otherwise die of heart attacks, according to a recent Health Ministry report. If Israel does add the mineral to desalinated water, it would be the first country in the world to do so. But various government authorities have spent the past three years arguing over how much it would cost to add the magnesium.

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