Tag Archive for Water Authority

Payback: Israeli cyberattack disrupts Iran’s largest strategic port

In retaliation for Teheran’s earlier attempted cyberattack on Israel’s rural water distribution systems, the IDF cyber unit targeted Iran’s largest port operational system, which reportedly caused far more than the 3 days damage previously admitted to by Iranian officials.

By Ynet, Reuters


Israel appears to be behind a cyberattack earlier this month on computers at Iran’s Shahid Rajaee port that caused massive backups on waterways and roads leading to the facility, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Citing unnamed U.S. and foreign government officials, the Post said the May 9 disruption of Iranian computers was presumably in retaliation for an earlier attempted cyberattack on rural water distribution systems in Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel Hosts California Officials At Jerusalem Conference On Water Solutions

Having successfully dealt with its own water crisis, Israel is sharing its newly acquired water technologies with senior American officials that arrived in Jerusalem to learn from teams of local experts how to conserve, reuse and desalinate water. 

By Ilana Curiel


What technology has the potential of generating Israel NIS 6 billion (about $1.5 billion) from exports? After struggling with a water shortage for years, Israel is now considered a water superpower – mostly thanks to its Water Authority – and representatives of many states and governments around the world have been arriving to learn from the desert country which succeeded in overcoming its dry starting point.  Continue Reading »

Israel Increases Water Supply to West Bank, Jordan & Gaza

Israel’s national water authority says ability now exists to double the amount supplied to Gaza, with water supplies to Palestinian West Bank and Jordan to substantially increase as well.

By Ilana Curiel


Israel’s national water company Mekorot, in accordance with the Water Authority’s guidelines, recently doubled its water supply to the Gaza Strip by 5 million cubic meters. The annual supply will now amount to 10 million cubic meters of water.

Palestinian woman carrying water in the Gaza Strip. – Photo: Reuters


The new water supply of 5 million cubic meters to the Gaza Strip will come from two sources including the Nahal Oz pipeline in the south and an older line in the Kissufim area that provides water to the center of the Strip. Continue Reading »

New Law in Israel: No More Cutting Off Water Over Unpaid Bills

Israel Water Authority accepted the Knesset’s Economics Committee position, after a year of deliberation. The changes will begin on March 31.

By Gil Ronen


The Knesset’s Economics Committee voted Thursday to forbid water corporations from cutting off water supply to clients over debts. The changes will go into effect on March 31.

Water (illustration) – Thinkstock

“I am glad that at long last, we have put an end to the disgrace of water disconnection in the state of Israel, which usually harms the economically weaker populations, which are unable to pay the monthly fees,” said Committee Chairman MK Avishai Braverman (Labor).

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Trilateral water swapping arrangements signed by Jordan, Palestinians & Israel


The signed understanding includes a 200-kilometer pipeline to carry residual salt brine from the planed desalination plant in Aqaba, to a diminishing Dead Sea.



A major trilateral water understanding signed by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian parties in December is moving forward slowly but surely – as tender preparations for an Aqaba desalination facility begin to materialize, high level Israeli sources told The Jerusalem Post last week.

Tap water

Tap water [illustrative]. – Photo: INIMAGE

The project in question involves a memorandum of understanding signed on December 9, in which senior officials from the three governments met at the World Bank headquarters in Washington to advance cross-border water swaps and an eventual funneling of Red Sea brines to a shrinking Dead Sea. Continue Reading »

Israeli 7th-Graders’ Water-Filtering Breakthrough Wanted by National Water Authority


Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, is studying the 13 yr-old students’ technique as a water-filtering solution for developing countries.

By Dan Lavie


A group of seventh-grade students from a school in central Israel has made a unique breakthrough in water-filtering technology by using tire crumbs, ground pieces of rubber made from scrap car and truck tires.

The Harel School students

The 13-year-old students from the Harel School in Lod have registered their patent in the U.S., and now Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, is interested in their innovative technique as a water-filtering solution for developing countries.

“Tire crumbs are surprisingly effective in their role as a filter,” one of the students said.

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E. Jerusalem residents petition High Court over lack of water, demanding it free


After years of water theft/piracy, illegal building with unauthorized connections to state water main, and the residents refusal to pay water bills, tens of thousands go dry for 3 weeks, with Water Ministry, Water Authority, Jerusalem municipality & the Hagihon utility passing blame.



The Association for Civil Rights in Israel and east Jerusalem residents appealed to the High Court of Justice on Tuesday, petitioning against the lack of running water in several neighborhoods east of the security barrier for the past three weeks.

Palestinian woman carrying water

Palestinian woman carrying water – Photo: Nayef Haslamoun / Reuters

Most homes in the neighborhoods of Ras Hamis, Ras Shahada, Dahyat a-Salam and the Shuafat refugee camp have either had no water or very low water pressure, ACRI attorney Keren Tzafrir wrote in the petition. Continue Reading »

The Truth That Disproves the Palestinian Water Libels


Professional investigation shows that reason for lower water availability for the Palestinian Arabs is purposefully wasteful policies.

By Israel Today Staff


Earlier this month, the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, sparked a political and media brouhaha when, from the Knesset podium, he suggested that Israel severely limits the Palestinians’ access to clean water.

Examining the quality of the water – Source: Israel Today

Israelis from across the political spectrum were incredulous that Schulz would repeat blatant Palestinian propaganda without bothering to check the facts, which he admitted to not doing prior to addressing the Israeli lawmakers.

The facts, as they relate to this issue, are readily available to anyone interested in the truth. Continue Reading »

For many parts of Israel January was driest month in ages

Expert reports Israel’s record setting dry winter is caused by a phenomenon called “blocking,” where most rain systems are “stuck” in Western Europe.



Although the northeastern US may have spent January pummeled by snowstorms and frigid temperatures, Israel last month was troublingly dry, experts from the Water Authority and Israel Meteorological Services said on Monday.

Sunset at the Kinneret -  Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Sunset at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) – Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Throughout the month, Lake Kinneret’s water level only rose 11 cm., while that of the Dead Sea dropped eight cm., according to the Water Authority’s Hydrological Services.

Nationwide the country has received only about 64 percent of its average annual precipitation since the beginning of the rainy season, the Water Authority said. Continue Reading »

Analysis: Why end of Israel’s water shortage is not publicized


After years of drought and years of being told to conserve ‘every drop’, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, Jerusalem can offer it for export. So why is this achievement being kept so secret?


In ancient times and even during the years of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the shortage of water in Palestine, as well as among its neighbors in the Middle East, had a decisive influence not only on the area’s economic development, but also on the political strife between Jews and Arabs. Technology has changed all this. Now, the ability to produce all the water that’s needed, whether for human consumption or for agriculture, may soon change our way of life and perhaps even, if our neighbors agree, bring peace closer. Continue Reading »

Dead Sea water level continues to fall despite winter storms

Even though the Dead Sea’s level continues to fall, Lake Kinneret in the Galilee celebrated an increase of 11 cm. during the same period.



As rainstorms barreled through Israel in December, drenching fields and filling up reservoirs, the Dead Sea’s water level continued to drop.

The Dead Sea. - Photo: REUTERS

The Dead Sea. – Photo: REUTERS

By early January, the Dead Sea fell to 427.82 meters below sea level, three centimeters lower than the 427.79 m. below sea level measured the month before, according to Dead Sea and Arava Science Center researcher Eli Raz, citing raw data from the Water Authority’s Hydrological Services. Continue Reading »

Israel Expected to Face Water Surplus This Winter



Israel’s high-tech desalination plants are switched to low output, and  the Sea of Galilee’s dam already opened amid optimistic predictions of healthy winter rainfall.

By Israel Today Staff


Earlier this year, following a winter of good rainfall, Israel’s Water Authority declared that the crippling seven-year drought had come to an end. Nevertheless, officials continued to caution water conservation. Now, it would appear Israel might have too much water.

After Drought, Israel Faces Water Surplus

After Drought, Israel Faces Water Surplus

With another winter of predicted average-to-good rainfall ahead, Water Authority officials believe the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) could overfill.

So concerned are they by this possibility that two weeks ago the Water Authority tested the Degania Dam that sends water from the Kinneret into the Jordan River. Continue Reading »

Israel Water Authority predicts mega drought starting about 2015

Water Experts say Israelis should prepare for the dry spell on the horizon, that could last up to 20 years.

By Israel Today Staff



Israel has just overcome a seven-year drought, and the country’s natural water reservoirs are finally relatively stable following years of severe depletion.

Aerial view of the IDE desalination plant in Hadera.

Aerial view of the IDE desalination plant in Hadera.

But Israel’s shouldn’t get too content, as experts with the Water Authority’s Hydrological Services predict that the next drought will hit already in 2015, and will make the previous dry spell seem like a picnic by comparison.

The next drought will last up to 20 years, and will have an “exceptional” negative impact on the region’s fresh water resources, according to a report published by the Water Authority this week. Continue Reading »

Palestinian NGO accuses Israel of ‘water apartheid’ in West Bank

Israel Water Authority dismisses West Bank NGO’s claims as just a ‘political weapon,’, claims Palestinians are actually breaching water agreement.



The Water Authority dismissed as a “political weapon” a Palestinian report that condemned Israel for depriving Palestinians of their “rightful water supply.”
Jordan River

Jordan River – Photo: Daniel Easterman

Titled “Water For One People Only: Discriminatory Access and ‘Water-Apartheid’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” the report is a product of the Ramallah-based non-governmental organization Al-Haq.

The document slams Israel for providing “discriminatory access” to water and enacting “water apartheid” policies that result in the 500,000 Israelis in the West Bank and east Jerusalem receiving six times the amount of water that the 2.6 million Palestinians in the same area do.

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