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Deficits

02 April 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Everyone speaks of Israel’s economic deficit, built up over years of mismanagement.  The same goes for the country’s water supplies.  This year though there have been abundant rains and Israel’s largest natural reservoir, the Kinneret, (Sea of Galilee) is now at 210.3 meters below sea level, 1.3 meters from the upper red line where the shorelines will begin to flood.  The last time this happened was in 1992, also after a prolonged drought and massive bureaucratic and agricultural mismanagement.  All plans were then dropped for building a modern water infrastructure.

Today the Kinneret is at its highest level in some six years and plans still exist for constructing a proper infrastructure, including desalinization.  The mountain and coastal aquifers are terribly depleted but no one sees those red lines. 

In summary, Israel’s water table is still one billion cubic meters short of the precious liquid.