Sewage leak closes the Gulf of Eilat
No swimming in the sea for tourists and residents in Eilat this Sukkot holiday. The pollution is so severe that ALL beaches on Israel’s Red Sea coastline have been closed.The stench is reported to be quite overpowering. The Dolphin Reef resort has relocated their dolphins for the time being to safer waters. But what about the already endangered coral reefs and their delicate ecosystem? We can only imagine that the damage will be acute. After years of battles with Gulf of Eilat polluters to reduce the pollution of the Red Sea, this is a huge step backwards for the fight to save the Red Sea’s coral reefs.Test results from the Ministry of Health will be completed this afternoon and we’ll know better what can be expected in the next week. For now, here are a few articles to peruse about this environmental crisis:
- Haaretz – Eilat beaches closed to swimming due to severe sewage leak
- Haaretz – Broken sewer pipe taints water, weekend in Eilat
- Jerusalem Post – Environment watch group slams Eilat municipality for sewage leak
- Jerusalem Post – Eilat beaches to stay closed for 3 days
- YNet News – Sewage leak shuts Eilat beaches
Visit Zalul’s website for more information and check back here for updates as the issue progresses.