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Water shortage growing increasingly more serious

(IsraelWire-8/23) According to Water Commissioner Shimon Tal, the ongoing water crisis in Israel continues to worsen with no relief in sight. Tal has repeated calls for the immediate importation of water from Turkey, explaining the situation continues to grow increasingly critical and something must be done to begin preparing for the future.

Experts have pointed out that even if the coming winter is accompanied by an abundant rainfall, the water shortage will not be alleviated. The Kinneret has already dropped below the red line and water levels continue to fall with fear of the fresh water source becoming irreversibly salinated as a result, rendering it unfit for drinking.

Despite the critical water situation, Israel continues to supply Jordan and the PLO Authority with water as per signed agreements.

-- Martin Thompson (, August 23, 2000

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