Haifa municipality dumps raw sewage into sea

Construction at waste-processing facilities in Haifa has caused the municipality to begin dumping raw untreated sewage directly into the Mediterranean, warned Tzalul, the Association for the Environmental Protection and Preservation of the Mediterranean Sea, today. While the situation is only scheduled to last for three days, it will directly affect sunbathers at the Bat Galim beach, who risk coming into contact with the pollution. Tzalul urged beachgoers to exercise caution, and criticized the city authorities, accusing them of negligence. "It is unacceptable that the Municipality of Haifa did not consider appropriate alternatives before implementing its maintenance program," said Tzalul in a statement. "It prefers to minimize the situation and endanger the health of its residents."