Worst Water Crisis in 80 Years
To ameliorate the crisis, the Israel Water Authority has authorized the following emergency measures: water will be pumped from the sources of the Kinneret (water which should have reached the Kinneret in 2010), desalination plants will increase output and polluted wells will be purified. Water use for gardening will also be limited. The price of water will nearly double from NIS 3.90 per cubic meter to NIS 7.40. The price hike and a government NIS 1 billion investment will be used over the next five years for water infrastructure, desalination, and sewage treatment for agriculture.
Mekorot: We Are Giving PA More Water Than Required
(IsraelNN.com) Israel's water company, Mekorot, denied on Tuesday allegations made by Arab rights group B'Tselem that Israel is creating a severe water shortage in Judea and Samaria through a discriminatory policy. Mekorot added that despite water cutbacks and severe shortage in Israel, the water supply to Judea and Samaria had even increased.
The company said it provided 500 million cubic meters per year, or 30 percent more than required under the Oslo agreement. The company also accused Arab water thieves of stealing up to 50 percent of the supply in Bethlehem, Hevron and other areas.