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Arutz 7: Water Shutoffs Have Ariel Residents Hot and Bothered
Extreme heat and doubled water usage places undue strain on Ariel's water systems, leading to shutoffs at the worst of times.
Talia Blatman, 8/4/2015
Water supply malfunctions in the Samaria city of Ariel have many of the city's residents on edge.
This week's extreme heat wave has led the citizens of Ariel to double their regular water usage, putting undue strain on the city's water supply infrastructure and causing electrical malfunctions with the water pumps.
Israel's national water supply company, Mekorot, will be intermittently shutting off water supply to different areas in Ariel beginning on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in an attempt to correct the situation.
|Map included here to show just how isolated the City of Ariel is, with its population of about 20,000, not to mention all of the other towns, closer to Jordan than the Mediterranean Sea.|
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A notice issued to the citizens of Ariel by the city's municipality warned of the impending water shutoffs and stated that the shutoffs may continue for three days.Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Ariel Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro advised the city's residents via Facebook to reduce water usage and gather a minimum of four liters of water per family member per day for the next three days.
Community volunteers are stepping up to the task and distributing water to locals in need. Six water distribution stations are currently set up in various locations around the city.
What else can I say?
Storing water is not just for government shut offs, take overs, and expulsions, or future sieges by Arabs or foreign troops. It is also for those "regular" mishaps too, natural or orchestrated. It does not matter. We need water.
At the risk of being called an apocalyptic, alarmist nut job, I suggest that you have a heck of lot more water stored, than just for three days. Plus, do not count on having water distribution stations set up for you in in the future. And if by chance that you are provided with them, do not count on your neighbors to be their usual polite and friendly friendly selves, waiting patiently for their turn for that precious governmental gift, when they are extremely thirsty.
Take this incident as a friendly wake up call to get prepared, and stay prepared!