Kinneret Up 30 Centimeters, but Situation Still Dire

The recent burst of rain has caused one of the sharpest increases in the Kinneret water level in the past decade, but Israel's largest reservoir remains in dire straits.

The Water Authority published its bimonthly water report on Tuesday. The report, prepared by the Hydrology Service, notes that at the start of the week, the Kinneret water level was 1.7 meters below where it was a year ago.

It is currently only a meter above the lowest permitted level for drawing water.

Due to the recent rainfall, the lake's water level rose 30 centimeters in three days, a massive amount for such a short period of time. The area received more than 110 millimeters of rain, which is unprecedented in this region.

Normally, the lake's level rises mostly due to inflowing streams, but this time at least a third of the increase was due to rain over Lake Kinneret.

However, the lake has only 101 million cubic meters of available water, compared to 243 million cubic meters in an average year.

The water level is expected to rise steadily, due to the streams in the area. The Hydrology Service stated that for the first time this year, all the streams that reach the lake have overflown their banks.

The most notable is the Dan River, which reached its lowest recorded level last month, with a flow of 2.83 cubic meters per second, and is now at more than 7 cubic meters per second.