Water Shutoffs Have Ariel Residents on Edge

Extreme heat and doubled water usage places undue strain on Ariel's water systems, leading to shutoffs at the worst of times.

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Talia Blatman ,

Water (illustration)
Water (illustration)

Water supply malfunctions in the Samaria city of Ariel have many of the city's residents on edge.

This week's extreme heat wave has led the citizens of Ariel to double their regular water usage, putting undue strain on the city's water supply infrastructure and causing electrical malfunctions with the water pumps.

Israel's national water supply company, Mekorot, will be intermittently shutting off water supply to different areas in Ariel beginning on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in an attempt to correct the situation. 

A notice issued to the citizens of Ariel by the city's municipality warned of the impending water shutoffs and stated that the shutoffs may continue for three days.

Ariel Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro advised the city's residents via Facebook to reduce water usage and gather a minimum of four liters of water per family member per day for the next three days.

Community volunteers are stepping up to the task and distributing water to locals in need. Six water distribution stations are currently set up in various locations around the city.