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  8/3/2012, Av 15, 5772

Kinneret, Dead Sea, Groundwater Drop a Lot in July


The water level of Lake Kinneret/the Sea of Galilee dropped 28 centimeters/11 inches during the month of July. The amount of water available from Israel's largest freshwater source stood at about six million cubic meters, a little bit above average and more than at this time last year, due to the winter's abundant rains.

The level of the Dead Sea was 426.31 meters/1,398.65 feet below sea level, down 18 centimeters/seven inches. The drying rate was not just significantly higher than last year, it was one of the sharpest drops for July in recent years.

Groundwater also dropped. The Na'aman basin was close to its red line and the Afek Springs were nearing the drying point.