Sea of Galilee drops to critical levels

Thursday, January 22, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The water level of the Sea of Galilee has dropped to just 15 inches above the "black line," the level at which the lake will suffer irreparable damage.

Because of the dangerously low levels, The Jerusalem Post reports that pumping of water from the Sea of Galilee, Israel's primary fresh water reservoir, was officially halted on Monday.

Israel is in the midst of the drying winter since measurements began over 80 years ago, having received only 50 percent of average seasonal rainfall to date.

And that follows four years of below-average rainfall, meaning Israel went into this winter with a big water deficit.

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