The rise comes despite the cold and rainy weather, which would normally have resulted in a decline in sales of beverages and in retail sales in general.
A slew of water treatment plants has greatly reduced Israel's dependence on rainwater. But desalination may also be adversely affecting the environment and people's health.
In interview with Haaretz, bank's local specialist warns that without more water from Israel, Gaza will continue to move toward being uninhabitable by 2020.
Quantities of water flowing in the Yarmouk River have increased amid steep reduction in agriculture in southern Syria.
Residents of one Palestinian village, who once had to walk for hours daily to fetch water, now have limited access to Israeli water supplies. But it's not enough.
The Kinneret level dropped by 15 centimeters last month, reaching 71 centimeters below the lower red line.
Police rescue stranded travelers and urge precautions against skidding on slippery roads.
Industrial waste from Palestinian-administers areas has been particularly harmful recently due to a lack of rain.
A report from the Water Authority states that other sites are in danger of closure due to spreading pollution.
Desalination has eased the water shortage, but continued drought, over-pumping and the needs of a growing population are playing havoc with the country’s ecology.