Israel enters 6th year of worst-in-a-century drought, girds for even worse

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(Worthy News) - Israel is entering its sixth official year of drought, the Water Authority said Sunday.

Many of Israel’s lakes, riverbeds and aquifers are at unprecedented 100-year lows, with the Sea of Galilee dangerously close to its “black line,” the level below the intake pipes of the water pumps that send the lake’s water to nearby towns.

Israelis have not felt the current drought as acutely as past dry spells because Israel in recent years constructed five massive desalination plants on the Mediterranean coast that now provide some 70 percent of the country’s drinking water directly from the sea. The state also recycles some 86% of its wastewater for agriculture. Two more desalination plants are in the planning stages. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ]

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