Water Board Proposes 'Drought Tax'
(IsraelNN.com) The Knesset is considering the Water Board's latest proposal to handle Israel's water struggles - a "drought tax." The tax refers to a substantially higher tariff for water use beyond 15 cubic meters every two months for a four-person family. If approved, limitations will be imposed this month on the time people may water their lawns. Use of sprinklers will be confined to twice a week, from April to November, from 5 P.M. until 10 A.M. the next day. If the Knesset does not approve the hike, the Water Board intends to ban watering by private citizens entirely.
Currently Israelis pay three rates for water. The lowest, for the first 8 cubic meters, is NIS 4.19 per cubic meter. The second rate, from 9 to 15 cubic meters, is NIS 5.77. The third rate, from the 16th cubic meter, has been NIS 7.94. That last rate is what the Water Board plans to increase - by nearly four times to NIS 30. The water shortage expected in the coming years forces the Water Board to demand the highest possible drought tax, says board spokesman Uri Shor.