The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environmental Protection are reporting exceptional results in water sampling carried out yesterday (Tuesday) to examine the state of pollution in streams in northern Israel, and are informing travelers and local authorities that entering these streams may be dangerous.
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Tests for bacteria in the sample taken found results in several streams in the north that deviate from the Ministry of Health's recommendations (400 fecal coli per 100 ml) and indicate the presence of contamination in the water. In light of these results, entry into these streams may be dangerous until the sampling results obtained are normal and stable.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection did not find a known source of pollution in the streams. Sampling is carried out once every two weeks by Nature and Parks Authority inspectors, at fixed sampling points in the northern rivers (Upper Galilee, Golan Heights and Western Galilee). The dots represent a waterfall, pond, or section of a stream.
Hexagonal Pool, Photo: Eyal Margolin/Ginny
The following streams are currently dangerous for bathing and should be avoided: Snir (Hasbani) – from the Roman Bridge to the estuary to Jordan, Banias – Kfar Szold Bridge, Jordan – from Yosef Bridge to the estuary to the Sea of Galilee, Zaki, Majrasa, Jilabun, Hexagon Pool, El Al, Zalmon, Haruv Pool and Flour Station, Ein Hardalit.
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environmental Protection continue sampling and monitoring and will update as needed.
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