IF OUR STUDY PROVES THAT THE DROUGHT WAS, IN FACT , "'AN ACT OF GOD", SO TO SPEAK, THEN BY ALL MEANS I WILL ASK EVERYBODY TO HUMBLY ABIDE BY THE REGULATIONS BELOW, AND WILL MYSELF BE THE FIRST ONE TO COOPERATE WITH THE DEMANDS OF THE WATER AUTHORITY.
IF, HOWEVER, AFTER OUR STUDY, WE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE CRISIS IS ENTIRELY ARTIFICIAL, AND IS CAUSED BY THE MISGUIDED POLICIES AND POLITICAL CALCULATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT , I PROPOSE THAT WE SUE THE WATER AUTHORITY, AND ALL THE ASSOCIATED ENTITIES, FOR FRAUD, ABUSE OF THE CITIZENS, AND POSSIBLY TREASON, AND ASK THEM TO REFUND EVERY CITIZEN THE UNNECESSARY FINANCIAL OUTLAYS CAUSED BY THIS FRAUD , ABUSE AND TREASON.
Water Authority issues new regulations for watering private lawns
Ehud Zion Waldoks , THE JERUSALEM POST
Beginning May 1, the Water Authority has restricted watering private lawns with sprinklers to twice a week between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. the next day. Those who do not abide by the regulations will have criminal proceedings opened against them.
Public gardens will be allocated half as much water as in previous years and moshavim and kibbutzim will also have to abide by restrictions.
The Water Authority is also pressing the Knesset to approve a "drought levy" which would drastically increase the price of water for those who use it heavily. If the Knesset does not approve the levy, then watering private lawns will be prohibited altogether, the Authority said.
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.