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  9/3/2012, Elul 16, 5772

Kinneret, Dead Sea Sharply Lower in August, Hydro Year

The Water Authority announced, Monday, that the water level of Lake Kinneret/the Sea of Galilee went down 30 centimeters/one foot in August, following a 28-cm. drop in July. The Dead Sea recorded the second straight month of going down about 18 cm/7.2 inches. Since the start of the hydrological year, last October, the Dead Sea has dropped 1.41 meters, compared to 1.15 meters during the same period a year ago, and the total drop for the year is expected to be 1.5 meters, compared to a one-meter average drop in recent decades.

Groundwater tables were also down in most places at the end of August, although mixed results were recorded in the Mediterranean coastal basin.