(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Although showers are expected on Friday, the Water Authority continues to issue
dire warnings on the state of Lake Kinneret. After six years of below average
rainfall, there are no reserves to fall back on.
As of last week, the
Kinneret’s water level was 213.8 meters below sea level. That’s an even five
meters from its full capacity and equivalent to a deficit of 825 billion liters
of water. But the Kinneret has not been full for many years now.
water level has entered the Black Zone, according to the Water Authority,
meaning it is 80 centimeters below the bottom red line but above the Black Line
that signifies catastrophic damage to the natural reservoir. The Black Line was
created earlier this decade after the water level dropped below the previous
bottom red line and new parameters to guide pumping had to be
The water level is expected to continue to drop throughout the
next month, reaching just above the historic minimum set in December 2001, the
Water Authority said, unless significant amounts of rain fall.
the water level began rising at the end of October as the country experienced
moderate, though still below average, rainfall compared to the previous five
years. However, forecasters fear that the water level will continue to drop
through November and even int.o December.
Two years ago, which was the
worst year of drought in the past half decade, the water level continued to drop
until December 29.
What’s to be done? For now, wait and hope and pray for
rain, while the continuing heat waves increase evaporation rates and consumption
The Water Authority has been ordered to prepare an emergency plan
to cope with the next two years’ anticipated shortfalls, but has yet to announce
any drastic measures such as water rationing or a return of the drought
The vicissitudes of nature are expected to be less traumatic for
the country’s water sources beginning in 2013, as six desalination plants are
expected to be in operation by then and should produce 600 million cubic meters
of water per year.