Manager Alex Kushnir of the Water Authority estimated, Thursday, that water bills will go up five percent in the coming months, adding that he could not promise that that would be the final figure. Addressing a special meeting of the Knesset Economics Committee, Kushnir that the components for determining the rates have not been determined and exact percentage will only be known by the end of November or beginning of December. Responding to a claim by Shlomo Dolberg of the Center for Local Government, Kushnir noted that the government's NIS 400-450-million-shekel subsidy to agriculture.
A number of Knesset members called for return of parliamentary control of water prices, based on the rising cost to consumers and taxpayers. A Jerusalem social worker from the "Water for the Needy" forum that the number of families whose water has been cut off due to their inability to pay has risen by hundreds of percentage points. Committee Chairman Carmel Shama Hacohen said he did not know if the removal of parliamentary control of water prices was a smart move and concluded that the goal of holding the special committee meeting was so that the authority's decision will not only be professional but with a maximum amount of social sensitivity.