The Jordan River’s water supply has dropped to a devastating state
Water is supposed to be the source of life, but with limited water and increasing pollution, the question of ecological life is put on the back burner as research studies document drastically low levels of water itself.
According to a recent study conducted by Eco Peace/Friends of the Earth Middle East, if Israel wants to preserve the Jordan River, it must take huge steps in the rehabilitation of this natural resource. In the 1800s and early 1900s, the river held 1.3 billion cubic meters of water. In 2009, only 20-30 cubic meters of water, all of which is sewage, remains in the once vibrant river. Researchers say as much as 400 cubic meters of water a year is necessary to replenish the rivers water and maintain current ecological life.
The Jordan River is an essential resource flowing from the Kinneret to the Dead Sea. This problem is not unique to the Jordan River. Because all areas of Israel are experiencing this water crisis, which water source will be prioritized and receive the limited resource is a big question.
Read more about the Jordan River running dry in the Jerusalem Post article.