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Report: Dead Sea Losing Water More Rapidly

Official figures show level dropped more quickly in past two years than the average for the past decade.

The Dead Sea has dropped more quickly in the past two years than the average for the past decade, according to Water Authority figures released this week.

The average for 1998-2008 was 98 centimeters a year, but last year the drop was 138 centimeters and this year it has already dropped 113 centimeters.

The drop, due to increased use of water feeding into the sea, has led to the weakening of streambeds, which threatens roads and other infrastructure.

In the Tze'elim stream, the Dead Sea Works on the southern Dead Sea, has proposed building a feeder pool to slow down the loss.