Israel's North faces severe water shortages

March 6, 2017 16:03
Breaking news

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


After four consecutive years of drought and a remarkably dry February, the cumulative water volume of Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) and the Western Galilee reservoirs has dropped to its lowest in 100 years, the Water Authority announced on Monday.

Despite the fact that the Water Authority has almost completely ceased pumping water out of Lake Kinneret, the basin's water level fell to 213.16 meters below sea level on March 1, 16 centimeters below the "bottom red line" warning value. "The Kinneret level's location under the red line toward the end of the rainy season is an unusual situation that has not occurred in about a decade," a statement from the Water Authority said.  

Although building a desalination facility in the Western Galilee could help alleviate the situation, the Water Authority said that the region's residents are resisting having such a site in their backyard. "The northern region is suffering from shortages of water – shortages that are expected to worsen during the upcoming summer," the statement added.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
June 24, 2019
Pompeo says he discussed Gulf maritime security with Saudi king


Cookie Settings