Israeli government bans water purifiers, water pills for purification
The Israeli government on Tuesday banned the sale of water purification pills, which are used in many Western countries, as well as water purifying water purizers for use in Israel.
The measure was adopted at a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, where a number of ministers signed the decree, which also bans the use of the water purificator in residential homes and businesses.
The decree was adopted by a vote of 54-35.
The ministers voted against it on a two-thirds majority.
The ban, which came into effect on July 1, also includes the use in residential and commercial buildings of the purification tablets for water purifications.
It also includes bans on the use, purchase, or possession of the tablets.
It was not immediately clear what kind of water tablets were being banned.
According to the decree the tablets should be used only in the home.
The ministry said the tablets will be sold only at pharmacies and supermarkets and not in stores.
The tablets will remain exempt from VAT, which was previously levied on them.
A ministry spokesperson told The Jerusalem Pro-Israel website that the ban is meant to combat a threat to the public health.
The government has been in the midst of a crackdown on the consumption of water.
The country has the third highest rate of water use in the world, according to the United Nations World Health Organization.
Earlier this month, the Israeli Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that the country will require citizens to use a water purifyr by the end of July.
The announcement came on the same day that a bill was submitted to the Knesset that would make the tablets available for free for use.
In January, the government also banned the consumption and sale of tap water in public areas.
The new legislation also bans any use of water for food preparation and cleaning purposes, including cooking, baking, and washing.
The sale of tablets has also been banned in some other countries.
In the United Kingdom, a similar ban was enacted last year.