Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Water Crisis in Israel

From the JPost:

"This is the worst crisis since records started being kept 80 years ago," Water Authority head Uri Shani declared Tuesday morning at a special press conference in Tel Aviv. "Like most countries, Israel is dependent on rainfall and the amount of rainfall is decreasing. There is a drop of 100 million cubic meters per year."

Shani described a situation of increasing damage to Israel's main natural water sources. The Coastal Aquifer "has dropped below its black line," which means that it will suffer rapid damage, possibly irreversible damage, Shani said.

The water level in the Mountain Aquifer was currently a meter above its Lower Red Line, but was also expected to reach its bottom limit - the Black Line - by this year. He added that water levels in the aquifers had never been this low.

Shani predicted that Lake Kinneret [Sea of Galilee] would reach its Black Line by December 2008. The Kinneret dropped below its bottom limit on Monday, 213 meters below sea level. The lake's Black Line is 214.87 meters below sea level.

The story continues here.

Sea of Galilee water level sign, tb052808512 
New sign in Tiberias displays the present water level in the Sea of Galilee, a main source of fresh water for Israel today

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3 Comments:

  • Yikes! is this partially related to any up river dams or issues with water flowing in from other countries

    By Blogger DellaRose, at Thu Jul 10, 01:32:00 PM  

  • Yes, and that is related to more people living in the surrounding countries who need that water. The problem is that the demand is increasing and the supply is not.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Thu Jul 10, 08:32:00 PM  

  • okay that makes sense too...hmm...wow...i looked up some stuff to research sounds like a very politically complicated issue even within Israel

    By Blogger DellaRose, at Fri Jul 11, 01:27:00 PM  

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