The Baka al Garbiyeh-Jatt sewage treatment plant began operations on Monday thus lessening the pollution that was entering the Hadera Stream.
The NIS 40m. plant had been completed a year ago but had stood immobile until Monday. The National Infrastructure Ministry said the yearlong gap between completion and beginning operations was a result of a financial dispute between the contractor and the Bakaa al Garbiyeh-Jatt local council.
The plant began operations after a deal was mediated.
Water watchdog Zalul had put pressure on the government in recent months and urged them to put the plant into operation. The stream was still being polluted by communities such as those in the Menashe Regional Council area, Umm el Fahm, Katzir-Harish and others who had yet to complete sewage treatment plants.