Yeroham water plant 311.
(photo credit: Avri Kadmon, JNF)
The Water Authority Council decided late last week not to raise water prices
again for households, as it had planned to do next month.
Given the lack
of rain and the uncertainty of the winter, the council decided it was not the
right time to raise prices by another few percentage points. Therefore prices
will remain at NIS 7.44 per cubic meter for the first 10.19 cu. m. used and NIS
10.755 per cu. m. after that.
However, the price of water for
agriculture, industry, hospitals and any other non-residential sector will rise
in January, though the amount of the increase has not yet been set.
the residential sector, prices have risen 32% in 2010 as part of an effort to
make the price of water reflect the cost of producing it. Desalination has added
significant costs to the process, which includes both buying the desalinated
water from the private plants and building the pipes to carry it around the
country. Raising water prices is also meant to help local water corporations
begin repairing aging infrastructure.
Meanwhile, a week after the Health
Ministry instructed residents of Safed’s Canaan neighborhood to stop using tap
water for drinking, cooking or showers because kerosene was accidentally piped
into the system, the ministry gave the all-clear on Sunday.
performing a number of tests, it found that the water reaching the faucets was
safe for all uses.
Safed Mayor Ilan Shohat thanked the ministry for its
Residents were provided with alternate sources of water
during the crisis.
Judy Siegel contributed to this report.