ISRAEL — Israel stands to lose large amounts of drinking water due to poor quality and problems associated with drought years, according to the national Water Authority. Among the threats to water quality are cowsheds in the south that have been found to cause groundwater pollution, and sewage that could soon pollute drilled wells in the Western Galilee. The coastal aquifer, one of the two largest in the country, is fast becoming saline. Seventy years ago the quality of the water drawn from 80 percent of the area of the aquifer was defined as good; today, only 40 percent is so defined.
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