Rainfall Less than Half Annual Average

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Since the beginning of the rainy season, there has been less than half the average annual rainfall, marking Israel's fifth below-average winter.

Uri Shani, head of Mekerot (the national water carrier) told Cabinet ministers on Sunday that less than a 20 percent chance exists of making up the deficit this winter.

To date, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) has had 40 percent of the normal rainfall for this time of year. The same is true for the severely depleted mountain aquifer.

So far, no restrictions have been imposed on household water. Should the season end up as dry as expected, a ban on outdoor watering, both public and private gardens, may be implemented.

Farmers, already facing sizable reductions in water allotments, will have to wait at least one more year before water reclamation projects will be ready to make up the difference.

Finance Minister Roni Bar-On (Kadima) said the government would not compensate farmers suffering lost income from the drought.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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