Israel Water Authority Warns of Water Restrictions If Drought Continues

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Israel’s Water Authority announced Sunday that barring precipitation far above average this winter, Israel’s drought will continue into a 6th year and water consumption restrictions may be put into place.

According to officials, Israel’s largest body of fresh water, the Kinneret or Sea of Galilee, is approaching the critical “Black Line,” at which point the water will become unpotable. The low water levels have led to two islands cropping up, with one expected to soon connect to the shore.

Though the Kinneret has traditionally served as a main source of drinking water, its levels have sunk so low that two desalination plants on Israel’s coast are now providing as much as 70 percent of Israel’s drinking water.

The Water Authority announced that some of Israel’s streams, springs and underground aquifers are on the way to breaking records for lack of water. The total deficit is an estimated 2.5 billion cubic meters of water.

Officials added that Israel is in a relatively good situation compared to neighboring countries which did not plan ahead with the building of desalination plants. Israel is planning to build two additional plants in the coming years.

Until then, if drought conditions continue next year, authorities may limit the watering of gardens and increase the amount of purified wastewater for use in agricultural and public settings.

(JNS.org)

{Matzav.com}

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  1. “Though the Kinneret has traditionally served as a main source of drinking water, its levels have sunk so low that two desalination plants on Israel’s coast are now providing as much as 70 percent of Israel’s drinking water.”

    The paragraph quoted above seems to indicate that there is no danger of water deficiencies since they are desalinating the sea water! In fact, Israel’s desalination tech savvy is the world’s best and its installation has also been sought after by other countries including Australia among others. So, what exactly is the problem? Can someone please explain it!

  2. Devarim 11:16-17
    16. Beware, lest your heart be misled, and you turn away and worship strange gods and prostrate yourselves before them.
    17. And the wrath of the L-rd will be kindled against you, and He will close off the heavens, and THERE WILL BE NO RAIN…

    Israel, get your act together!
    Building desalination plants will not help you circumvent Hashem’s word.

    Yirmiyahu 32:19
    “for Your eyes are open to all the ways of mankind, to give everyone in accordance with his ways and in accordance with the fruit of his deeds,”

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