Haaretz, Jul. 9, 2016

 

According to data presented by Alexander Kushnir, the Water Authority’s director general, the large expansion in agriculture in the settlements has led to a rise in consumption this year.

[...] It turned out that the eastern basin was less productive than expected by Israeli calculations. In the meantime, older wells activated by the Palestinians yielded less water; Palestinians produce only 103 million cubic meters a year from the aquifer.

Meanwhile, in the Jordan Valley, Mekorot is extracting 30 million cubic meters a year for only 10,000 settlers. This amount is just under one-third of the total extracted by the Palestinians from the entire mountain aquifer in the West Bank, for 2.7 million people.