Friday, December 19, 2008
Israel approaching the Black Line
Lake Kinneret's water level is reaching the critical BLack Line level, when pumping water from the lake will no longer be possible because the suction pipes will be above the water level. Water Authority Uri Shani informed the Water Committee of the Knesset that the Kinneret will drop to -214.4 meters below sea level this winter.
Shani said the amount of usable water in Israel has decreased over the past 16 years by 164 million cubic meters, from 1.34 billion cubic meters to 1.175 billion cubic meters. Global warming was only part of the cause of the water shortage. Large amounts of water have been rendered unusable due to pollution from cars. Another cause has been accumulation of dust particles in the atmosphere originating in Saharan sandstorms that limited precipitation. "We've had four years of drought, a pretty rare combination," Shani said. This is the second time such a succession has occurred since records began during the 1930s, he claimed. The last great big water crisis ended in 2001 with two successive rainy winters.
The pic show the River Jordan below the Kinneret Lake, when the river was a real river and the lake a real lake, about 120 years ago.