Despite rain, water crisis persists

Lake Kinneret's water level is 55 centimeters under the 213 meter red line, and a full 4.75 meters away from full capacity.

January 13, 2012 03:59
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The Kinneret at sunset

Kinneret at sunset 311. (photo credit: Joe Yudin)


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Although Lake Kinneret’s water level rose by 1.50 centimeters following Wednesday’s rain, measuring in at 213.55 meters below sea level on Thursday morning, there is still a water crisis, according to the Water Authority.

The water level is 55 centimeters under the -213- meter red line, and a full 4.75 meters away from full capacity. Only 1 centimeter of the rise between Wednesday and Thursday can be attributed to rain. The other half-centimeter is the result of a temporary halt in National Water Carrier pumping from the lake, as the system was closed for routine maintenance, Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor said.

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“We rose 1 centimeter – that means we need about 475 more such days to fill the Kinneret,” Schor said.

The Kinneret, he stresses, is only one of three main water sources – the other two are the mountain and the coastal aquifers. In total, the country is short about 2 billion cubic meters of water, an amount equivalent to the consumption of all the households in Israel for three years.

“We are expecting a bit more rain, but the rain has not been as strong as we hoped it would be,” Schor said, noting that the winter season is already half over.

“We must continue to conserve water and to use water with maximum efficiency.”

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