TEL AVIV (Jan. 30)
A ruptured water main and a strike by repairmen could mean a dry spell for Tel Aviv residents.
The broken pipe is near the Rosh Ha’ayin pumping station run by Mekorot, the government owned national water carrier.
But Mekorot workers walked off their jobs over the weekend, refusing to repair a smaller break in a water pipe in the Jerusalem area.
With Tel Aviv facing a serious water shortage, the city council voted Monday to reactivate other pumps which were shut down some time ago because of pollution by sea water.
The Mekorot workers are striking because the Treasury has refused them the 11 percent wage increase over two years promised to all government emplyees.
The government argues that Mekorot is not earning a profit.
The workers say that it is not supposed to make a profit since it must supply water and related services at fixed prices.