Despite Ammonia Scare, Water Company Claims Israeli Tap Water Safe
Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, said Tuesday that tap water in the Tel Aviv area is once again fit for consumption, following an Israeli Health Ministry official's statement that it was unsafe to drink.
Mekorot added, however, that consumers should boil the water before drinking it, said Haaretz newspaper.
On Monday, ministry official Alex Levental said on public television that residents of the Tel Aviv area "should refrain from drinking tap water until otherwise advised, following a pollution problem in the national conduit, which draws water from the Sea of Galilee.”
He added that the water was unfit to drink even after boiling.
After the warning, which affected more than one million people, inhabitants of the area snapped up stocks of bottled mineral water and soft drinks, despite calls for calm by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Mekorot chairman Uri Sagi said that laboratory results had shown a drastic reduction in the concentration of ammonia in the drinking water, said the paper.
Sagi added that it would only be a matter of hours until consumers could use the water as usual - Albawaba.com
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