Sea of Galilee Rose Six Centimeters Over Pesach

Water flowed in from the Jordan River and was not pumped out of the northern lake. The result: a 2.5 inch rise in the water level.

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Gil Ronen, | updated: 22:24

Sea of Galilee
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The Water Authority announced that the water level in the Sea of Galilee rose by six cm (about 2.5 inches) over the Pesach holiday. The reasons for this were that water flowed in from the Jordan River, and pumping from the lake was stopped during the holiday.

The average flow rate in the Jordan River is currently at about 17 cubic meters per second, so the Sea of Galilee is expected to rise further over the coming days, at about 0.5 cm per day.

However, the sea – known in Hebrew as the Kinneret – is still 3.87 meters below its full level.

March was a drier-than-average month in all of Israel's water basins, especially the northern ones that saw almost no rain. Waters levels in Israel's rivers were low, but there was a surge in the water levels in the rivers of southern Israel at the end of the month.

The flow of water into the Sea of Galilee was lower than average for this time of year because of the lack of rains. The water level in the springs that feed the Jordan River – the Dan and Banias – also began to descend.

The Dead Sea rose by one centimeter this month after an 8 cm rise the previous month.