Kinneret just 0.34 m. above lowest red line

Water Authority cautions that conservation is still extremely important.

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS
May 11, 2010 04:11
Water Jet on the Kinneret

Water Jet on the Kinneret 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post)

Lake Kinneret has stabilized at 212.66 meters below sea level for the last month, the Water Authority said Monday. That likely represents the highest point the lake’s level will rise to this winter, according to the authority.

The problem is that that’s just 0.34 meters above the lowest red line. An additional 3.86 meters would be needed to fill up the lake.

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What that means is that as the Kinneret plunges during the summer months, it could creep very close to the black line – the point at which irreparable damage would be done to the natural reservoir.

Therefore, despite the winter rains, the Water Authority cautioned that vigilance and conservation were still extremely important continuing into the summer. With some ups and downs, the lake’s water level has dropped by five meters since 2004, according to Water Authority data.


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