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Kinneret Rises, but Slowly

The Kinneret has started to rise – but far more slowly than in previous years, with just one-fourth last year's increase.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/6/2011, 8:23 PM / Last Update: 2/6/2011, 8:35 PM

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The waters of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) have begun to rise, the Water Authority reported Sunday. Rains at the end of January left the lake 15 centimeters higher than it was at the beginning of the month.

The increase was less than one-fourth of what it was in January of 2010, when the lake rose by 62 centimeters over the course of the month.

Tests of the Yar-Tan aquifer in Judea and Samaria also found an increase in January that was far lower than that last year. Water levels were found to be above the “red line” that warns of possible contamination with further water use, but 11-40 centimeters below where they were last year, with testing done at different points.

So far February has brought better news for water resources, with the Kinneret rising 8.5 centimeters in the first week of the month.

Rains began late this year, arriving in early December. The delay followed several dry years.

The Cabinet recently approved an emergency plan to increase water production in response to the water crisis.