Kidron Valley- From A Polluted River To A Clean Nature Reserve


The polluted Kidron Valley River, one of the largest water sources between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, is due to be significantly improved due to a new project  for sewage treatment headed by COGAT and the Civil Administration.  


The Kidron Valley River is one of the largest and significant rivers leading from Jerusalem to the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. Unfortunately, today the river flows with sewage from Jerusalem and the villages and towns in the area. This pollution destroys the nature in the area, leaves the surrounding area with a terrible smell, creates a breeding ground for disease and pollutes other water sources in the area. However, a new project is going to change radically.

Last week, staff from the Jerusalem Periphery DCL, the Civil Administration and in coordination with professionals from various bodies involved in civil engineering, sewage infrastructure, environmental protection and archeology, went to survey the Kidron Valley. This survey was in preparation to begin construction of a sewage treatment system in the area. This system will include a dam which will stop non-biodegradable waste from entering the river, a sewage pipeline, tunneling and sewage treatment facilities. In the treatment facility, local water will be purified and recycled for use.


According to the Jerusalem DCL officers, this large scale project will significantly improve the condition of the Kidron River. They state that the once completed, this major project will greatly reduce pollution and will prevent the waste of water, a vital resource in the region. There is no doubt that the residents of the area, tourists, animals and vegetation in the area will all benefit from this project.