Major rise in Kinneret water levels prompts Israel water company to dismantle artificial dam

After the particularly rainy winter that took Israel by storm this year, there will no longer be a need to artificially raise the water levels of the Kinneret.

The rainy winter Israel has experienced this year has led to a vast rise in the Kinneret’s water levels, prompting the Mekorot Water Company to dismantle an artificial dam it had been using to enable pumps to reach the water.

The Kinneret’s water levels have risen by 2.5 centimeters in just the past 24 hours, and the month of January saw the highest number of rainy days in one month on record in Israel, according figures from the Israel Meteorological Service.

Though the Kinneret is still 3.74 meters below its maximum level as of Thursday, the lake’s water levels continues to rise by 2 centimeters daily, and renewed water flow through the streams feeding the Kinneret, as well as meltwater from recent snowfall, are only expected to facilitate this increase.

A clear indication of the Kinneret’s improved condition could be seen on Thursday as Mekorot Water Company employees dismantled an earth dam constructed during the summer of 2008 on the lake’s Jordan River outlet, in order to enable the company’s pumps to reach the lake’s water. Water levels in the Kinneret were so low that Mekorot’s pumps, situated at the Kibbutz Degania dam, could not longer reach the lake’s water.

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By: Eli Ashkenazi