(photo credit: Associated Press)
Beersheba were suffering from the effects of unseasonably high temperatures on Wednesday after a central waterline was damaged, cutting
the city off from its water supply."It is true that until now we have succeeded in
stabilizing the water supply to the city, excluding the Gimel
neighborhood," said Shomrat. The Israel Train company drilled and
seriously damaged a water pipeline which supplies water to the
north-eastern part of the city," he added.
Wednesday was the third day on which 30 to 40 thousand residents were without water after the Israel Train company accidentally damaged the waterline
as part of their work to broaden the train tracks in the city.
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Meanwhile, temperatures soared to 42 degrees Celsius.
Soroka Hospital was also cut-off from the water supply but experienced
no shortage as it was running on emergency water reserves.
The water supply will return to normal only on Thursday, said Ilan
Shomrat, director-general of city water corporation "Mi Sheba" which is
working to fix the water problem. Shomrat's company has been supplying
water containers to neighborhoods which were also out of electricity,
including the Alef, Bet, Gimel, Daled neighborhoods and those in the
center. Mi Sheba has also set up local distribution centers throughout
High numbers of workers have been working to fix the problem as fast as possible.