Cabinet Adopts Emergency Water Plan

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Cabinet voted unanimously Sunday to adopt a national emergency water plan, following the country's fourth consecutive winter of below average rainfall.

Less than 24 inches of rain fell this past winter.

Last month, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), the country's only major source of sweet water, dropped a whopping 17 inches, according to Mekerot, the national water authority. It was the worst month on record since the water authority's establishment in 1964.

Mekerot will team up with the National Infrastructures Ministry to develop a countrywide plan to address the situation, which is fast approaching crisis levels.

The Cabinet also created another committee to assess the strengths and weaknesses in the development of alternate water resources.

In a related environmental matter, the Cabinet gave the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee permission to finalize its Clean Air Act before bringing it to the floor for a vote.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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