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The Israeli media sounds the alarm time and again: “There is no water,” “Water consumption should be reduced.” Since the main source of water in Israel is the Sea of Galilee, we went out to investigate and indeed found a very sad sight.
The Sea of Galilee, or as it is called in Israel “Lake Kinneret,” is in fact the only natural water reservoir in the country.
This lake has great historical significance and is supposed to provide the water for most of the population in Israel.
However, in recent years its water level has dropped sharply. Is there true cause for concern?
[Mayer Melman, Boat Owner]:
“I remember how its color used to be a stronger blue and the water was cleaner. Can you see the water line? Almost five-and-a-half meters are missing.”
Fisherman from Tiberias]:
“All this was full of water. It was full. Seven, eight years ago this was its maximum height, and slowly it began to drop.”
We turned to the authority responsible for providing water to the population, hoping to learn why is there so much less water in Lake Kinneret today.
[Uri Shor, Water Authority Spokesman]:
“It’s simply that there is less rain. Something has changed, something has happened. We’re talking about the whole region. The whole region is thirsty for water… I am very worried by the lack of rain and about the drop of water level both in Lake Kinneret and in other water sources. This is the seventh year in a row without substantial rain. We’re at the end of January in a clear, beautiful day, with no rain.”
We learned further that the whole region of the Middle East shares the same plight as that of Lake Kinneret.
NTD News, Israel