More coordination among authorities, as well as access to government weather forecasts, is critical to maintaining cleaner beaches in the winter season, MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) emphasized in a special meeting on the subject.
Zandberg, chairwoman of the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee's subcommittee for beaches, held a discussion on Tuesday regarding the contamination of the country's beaches – particularly following the first rains of the season. Arguing that it is possible to prevent the beach pollution ahead of time by implementing drainage plans, Zandberg stressed that the responsibilities of local authorities and water corporations must be clarified.
"The seashore is a resource that should be sustainable even in the winter," Zandberg said. "If we do not maintain it in the winter, there will be nowhere to swim in the summer. The first rain comes each year, and the Environmental Protection and Health ministries must warn the public."
Particularly problematic beaches following this year's first rain were those of Netanya and Tel Aviv, according to Zafrir Gidron, a representative of the environmental organization Zalul.
"This time, the Health Ministry did not warn the public, and we saw members of the public entering the polluted water," Gidron said.