Wettest Winter in 5 Years Brings Kinneret Over Red Line


kinneretThe Kinneret has floated up from a dangerous drop in water levels thanks to the largest rainfall to hit Israel in five years. Several days of heavy rains have left most regions of the country with a higher-than-average accumulated rainfall and have brought the Kinneret above the “red line,” the level that is warning sign the lake is approaching a point where it is potentially dangerous to draw water.The “red line” is located 213 meters below sea level. In recent years, the government added a “black line,” at 215 meters below sea level, beyond which water absolutely should not be drawn.

In 2009, the water level in the Kinneret sunk to 214.37 meters below sea level following five years of drought and was dangerously close to the black line at the end of last summer. However, the reservoir still lacks 13 feet of water before dams would have to opened to prevent local flooding.

Read the full report at Arutz Shevah.

{Arutz Shevah/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Does this mean they are going to drop the water shortage fine of 20 shequal a cubic meter to anyone who uses more than the minimal water allotted to him?

  2. First of all, they dropped the water shortage fine over a month ago and relpaced it with higher rates for all water. Second of all, the level that it is at now is just over what was considered the minimum three years ago. It has increased about 1.5 meters this rainy season, the optimal level is another 2.5 meters.