Posts Tagged ‘water’
One of the largest and most impressive architectural projects ever built by King Herod in the Second Temple era — the reservoir that fed water to the Second Jewish Holy Temple of Jerusalem — is falling apart.
But because it is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, making repairs to the archaeological wonder called “Solomon’s Pools” is not as simple as it seems.
The site comprises a three-part water reservoir located in the southern section of what is known today as the Arab village of Al Khader, just south of Bethlehem.
The site is therefore located in “Area A” of the Palestinian Authority and completely under its control; as a result, one must coordinate a visit there with the Israeli army.
The main pool is 16 meters deep and 170 meters long, and it was barely half a century ago when local residents stopped using the pool for agricultural irrigation. Before the 1967 Six Day War, residents of eastern Jerusalem were drawing water from the pools as well.
The three large reservoirs, partly hewn into the bedrock and partly built, have a total capacity of well over a quarter of a million cubic meters of water.
They were part of a complex ancient water system built more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and King Herod. The system provided water to the city and the Second Jewish Holy Temple of Jerusalem – as well as to the desert fortress and town of Herodium.
The pools at that time were fed by two aqueducts, and by several springs in the surrounding countryside, in addition to rain water. Three other aqueducts brought the water from the reservoirs out to Jerusalem and to the Herodium. Remnants of all five aqueducts have been found by archaeologists.
Tour guide Ben Tropper told the Ynet news site that it was unclear whether the initial damage to the pool – a badly damaged wall – had resulted from the harsh weather or neglect.
However, if the damage is not fixed, soon, the reservoir may soon be beyond repair, because the main pool may collapse from the force of the water. The broken section of the wall is approximately 20 meters wide, Tropper explained. This means there is a strong possibility an avalanche could destroy the site.
Concerned citizens have asked the Palestinian Authority to repair and restore the site – or to allow Israel to do it instead.Hana Levi Julian
The largest water sports festival in Israel began Monday (April 18) at the Tel Aviv Marina.
“Sail Tel Aviv Yafo 2016” runs from April 18 – 28 was initiated by “Atarim” and the Israel Yacht Club in memory of Major Asaf Asulin. More than 600 children will compete in the national championship in the event, hosted by the Tel Aviv Marina.
Hundreds of yachts, surfers, kayaks, SUPs, swimmers and marine enthusiasts are taking part in the event.
The festival is hosting a variety of water sports activities and competitions that include beach volleyball, open water swimming and a variety of races involving small vessels.Hana Levi Julian
Israel’s Water Authority announced Sunday that due to the rain this weekend some 60 mm of water was gathered in cisterns in the northern region and a total of 30 mm of water fell in the center of the country.
Since the Sabbath, the water level in Lake Kineret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, rose another two centimeters, nearly one inch.
The Kinneret is Israel’s largest reservoir of drinking water.
The level of the lake now stands at -212.77 cm, which is 23 cm above the lower red line — the mark which is considered dangerously low.
The Kinneret lacks only 3.97 meters more until it is filled to capacity — and rain is predicted for parts of Israel on Sunday.Hana Levi Julian
The water level in Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose again last night by three centimeters (a bit over one inch) after heavy rain Tuesday.
Israel’s Water Authority reported the lake now stands at 212.85 meters below sea level.
The level is four meters below the lake’s optimal capacity.
Lake Kinneret is the main source of drinking water for the population in the State of Israel.Hana Levi Julian
Lake Kinneret is a little ‘under the weather’ these days, according to Israel’s Water Authority.
The northern body of water which is Israel’s main source of drinking water is also known as the Sea of Galilee. It started this year “rainy season” with a head start but now is showing signs of heading into a drought level.
Israel’s Water Authority reported Tuesday that the lake’s water level has dropped four centimeters below the “lower red line,” and stands at 213.04 meters below sea level.
“Kinneret water level declines at the end of December are unusual circumstances, occurring most recently only in 2008,” the Water Authority said in a statement.
On Tuesday morning, a very brief flash of rain swept across the northern Negev – but it had no effect on the level of the lake.
It is hoped that the winter storm expected this coming weekend will bring with it enough precipitation to boost the basin back up to where it should be at this time of year.
The water level in Lake Kinneret really needs to reach above the higher red line in order to avoid a drought alert for the summer months.Hana Levi Julian