As part of the ongoing project to rehabilitate the once heavily contaminated Jordan River, the sewage of Tiberias will now be flowing to a new treatment facility, the Water Authority announced on Sunday.
Construction of both a pumping station and a 12-kilometer, 710-millimeter wide pipeline has concluded, allowing for the conveyance of wastewater from Tiberias to the new Bitanya treatment plant located at the southernmost tip of Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee), the Water Authority said. Involving a wide range of partners, the NIS 120 million-shekel project brings an end to a situation in which raw sewage flow was endangering the vitality of the Jordan River.
"This is one of the key project in the water sector in the last decade, a project that combines supply of quality water to agriculture and nature with the advantages of rehabilitating and protecting the environment," a statement from the Water Authority said.
The many advantages of the Bitanya wastewater treatment plant and the new pipeline from Tiberias, according to the Water Authority, involve the prevention of raw sewage flow, provision of desalinated brackish water and treated wastewater for regional agriculture and increasing supplies of clean water to restore the flow of the Jordan River. Gradually, the authority plans to bring the discharge of water into the Jordan River up to 30 million cubic meters per year, through a combination of Kinneret water, saline water and treated wastewater.