The Kinneret’s optimal level is 208.9 meters (685.4 feet) below sea level. “The Kinneret is relatively full,” said Rafi Ifregan of Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, “and the policy of Mekorot and the Water Commission is to increase the water we draw from the Kinneret and to reduce that which we take from the aquifers of the mountain area and the coast, which are not in as good shape as the Kinneret.
“Even if this winter brings us a less-than-average rainfall, we will still be in relatively good shape, given our goal of stabilizing the other aquifers.”
He said that Israel’s new desalination plant in Ashkelon is likely to begin positively affecting the water supply by the end of 2005.
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