The Kinneret’s chronic shortage of fresh water sources is shooting up its salt level and harming the natural reservoir’s water quality, Chadashot reported.
Israel’s Water Authority currently extracts 17,000 tons of salt yearly by pumping out water flowing into the lake from saline springs. Many streams feeding the lake have dried due to years of drought, threatening to drop the lake’s water to “the lowest level ever recorded.”
Even the Banias River in the Golan Heights may dry for the first time in a century unless the north gets at least 85 percent of average winter precipitation. Last year, the figure was 10 percent.