Serious drought

Predicted heavy rains are failing to materialize in Israel

After drier-than-usual conditions over the beginning of the rainy season from October to December, Israel has received less than half of the yearly average of 11,635 cubic millimeters.

Consequently, the national water sector has reached dangerous levels. This becomes very clear at the Sea of Galilee level, which currently stands at 5.37 meters below the upper red line, which would indicate that the lake is full. Weather forecasters are regularly predicting powerful storms, but water officials continue to warn that even heavy rain will not get the country out of its serious drought situation.

Despite the recent rains, the Sea of Galilee is still at a level at which ecologists say the lack of water will begin to impact the quality of water as well as the ecological balance. It’s just 70 centimeters above the lowest water level ever measured.

Meanwhile, the efforts of the Israeli government to identify new water sources are not as promising as they may sound. Barak Omega, a social activist who comments on behalf of the farming industry, told the jewishpress.com: “Yes, it’s true that government is trying to find water in other places. But the quality of the water will be very poor. So for now, the vegetables are fine, but the earth is losing its minerals and soil structure. So in future, the quality of local fruit and vegetables will go down.”


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