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Degania Dam

Due to Heavy Rains: Degania Dam May Be Opened for the First Time in 30 Years

The likelihood that the Degania Dam will be opened this year is increasing in light of the recent heavy rains. The Kinneret’s (Sea of Galilee) water level has risen 167 centimeters since the start of the 2023-2024 rainy season compared to 64 centimeters throughout all of last winter.

In the coming ten days, it is expected to rise another 30 centimeters. The Degania Dam is opened when the Kinneret reaches 208.8 meters below sea level; its current water level is 209.9 meters below sea level - a difference of just 110 centimeters.

Israel’s Water Authority, however, estimates that there is just a 50% chance that the dam will be opened, and its policy is to avoid opening the dam if there is a viable alternative. As such, the Authority has increased the amount of water drawn daily from the Kinneret, drawing 800,000 cubic meters daily, reducing the Kinneret’s water level by half a centimeter.

The last time the dam was opened was in February 1995, when the Degania Dam was opened for ten days. Israeli media noted that if the dam is opened, there will be a two-day warning given to areas around the southern Jordan River, to prevent damages. The dam will be opened gradually until its halfway point, which will reduce the water level by four centimeters daily. (INN / VFI News)

“Lord, we thank you for giving us rains of blessing and filling out water reservoirs. We continue to pray for rain and that the Kinneret will be full of water before the dry season starts. We also pray for protection from any floods in the area”.

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