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1 Kislev 5760 - November 10, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Jerusalem Water Company is Ready!

The Jerusalem Gichon Water and Sewage Company has completely complied with all measures recommended by pertinent professionals, in order to guarantee the steady flow of its services during the coming year. It has announced that it is Y2K compliant.

Y2K is the name of a failure which computer systems as well as electrical and communication systems may be subject to at the start of the year 2000. In the early days of computing, the year was often designated with only the last 2 digits of the year, so that such computers cannot distinguish between the year 2000 and the year 1900. This inability may cause failure of such systems as they change over from the year 1999 to the year 2000.

Gichon recently held a drill in order to examine the stability of the system under various circumstances liable to arise as a result of Bug Y2K. Its pumping installations and engineering devices have all been successfully run for 24 consecutive hours by a mechanical support system, without the use of electricity.

Officials of the water company stressed that residents do not need to stock up on water. On the contrary, they noted that it is inadvisable to store water due to the possibility of contamination and the accumulation of bacteria.

The Israel Electric Corporation has previously announced that it is Y2K compliant.

Recently, many authorities have begun saying that the threat of disruption due to the Y2K problem seems minor. Public anxiety is way ahead of the actual Y2K threat, according to the assessment of Gartner Group researchers and most other experts. They expect computer problems to be minor, for the most part, with many Y2K problems detected in November and December of this year as date-forward transactions begin to uncover gaps in system protections. Gartner Group is a major U.S.A. based computer research firm.

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