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Zalul Responds to Nahariya Sewage Spills

August 3, 2010

Read about the role Zalul plays in water protection in Haaretz online today!  Our own Ezer Fischler, Zalul’s director, is quoted in Haaertz’s online article, “Swimming with Sludge.” He recalls Zalul’s response to an incident in April to a sewage leak into the Mediterranean sea via the Nahariya beach.

Says Fischler, “I saw brown water running into the sea, and there was stuff in it which is best not to describe. A [patrol] car from the Environmental Protection Ministry’s Green Police turned up, and Health Ministry officials recommended the beach be closed off to swimmers. Two days later, after the mess had been cleaned, it was reopened to the public.”

Every year we are faced with new challenges as we work to protect Israel’s seas and rivers.  This year is no different. There have been other incidents like what Fischler witnessed in Nahariya.  In fact, they have been prevalent during this year’s swimming season. As the article notes, between April and July 22 there were 31 days in which Israeli beaches were closed to swimmers.

Despite the increase in sewage incidents since last year, the Ministry of Health contends that beaches are much cleaner and safer than they were in the past.  Zeev Fish, the inspector for the Ministry of Health, recalls, “This year there is a significant statistical rise. Still, the malfunctions today are very different from those seen in the past.”

If you happen to see a sewage leak be sure to notify us as well as public health officials.

If you witness a pollution event in Israel call Zalul Environmental Association at: +972-3-5762666

Emergency Environmental Center of the Ministry of the Environment (24/7) at: *6911 or 1222-6911

or 08-9253321

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