Jerusalem Disconnected from National Water Carrier During
by Betzalel Kahn
After extensive efforts, Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri
Lupoliansky managed to persuade the national water supplier
Mekorot to disconnect Jerusalem from the national water
carrier in order to supply city residents with fully kosher
water during Pesach.
The move came in response to an announcement by
Infrastructure Minister Yosef Paritzky (Shinui) that the
national carrier would continue to transport water from the
Kinneret to the entire country throughout Pesach this year,
despite the longstanding practice in chareidi cities of
bringing in water from underground wells during Pesach. There
is a chance that water from the open lake is contaminated by
chometz, while spring water from underground certainly
has no chometz.
For decades Jerusalem's entire water supply came from
reservoirs during Pesach. In response to the Infrastructure
Minister's announcement, Mayor Lupoliansky met with various
figures involved in the issue until he was able to convince
Mekorot to supply Jerusalem with well water alone.