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News Brief

  12/19/2011, Kislev 23, 5772

Experts: Israel Missing 2 Billion Cubic Meters of Water


While Israel had a good streak of rain in November, December has proven to be nearly bone-dry so far, erasing the “gains” to the water supply last month. According to long-term forecasts, rainfall this year is likely to be lower than average, the Israel Weather Service said.

Water experts said that Israel's water sources are in very poor shape after seven straight years of largely poor rainfall, and the country's water economy was short as many as 2 billion cubic meters of water, taking into account all water sources. The Kinneret is 70 centimeters below the “lower red line,” and is 4.9 meters below its maximum capacity. With that, the Water Authority said that it would not be raising prices for water this season.