Drought Warning as Jordan River Reaches Record Low

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel is on the cusp of another major drought with authorities reporting that the water flowing from the northern portion of the Jordan River into the Sea of Galilee is at a record low.

The Jordan River is the primary water source for the Sea of Galilee, which is in turn Israel’s primary fresh water reservoir.

And the water pressure today is lower than it’s been in the past 90 years, or since such measurements began.

The situation has been blamed on a lack of rainfall in recent years, leaving the Jordan’s tributaries all but dry.

As a result, Israel has had to cut water supplies to farmers while taking emergency measures to prevent a deterioration in the water quality of the Sea of Galilee.

Also affected are the southern portion of the Jordan River - which most people are familiar with, and which itself is nearly dry - and the Dead Sea.

At present it is expected that Israel’s desalination plants will be able to provide adequate water for home use, meaning there are no plans to introduce rationing.

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