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