Gavaad Bnei Brak HaGaon HaRav Moshe Yehuda Leib Landau Shlita toured the Mekorot Water Authority’s water desalination plant in Palmachim, escorted by Bnei Brak Mayor R’ Yaakov Asher.
On Pesach, Bnei Brak usually closes the main water intake valve connecting to the Kinneret using only the water supply existing in a number of area aquifers. This supply sufficed in the past but do to the closure of a number of these wells for various reasons, the supply would not be adequate this year.
As such, the Rav and mayor visited the Palmachim water desalination operation, where water from the Mediterranean is pumped from a depth of 1,400 meters, then treated and passed along to consumers.
Rav Landau ruled the water passing through the desalination process is suitable for use by area residents on Pesach. Nevertheless, those who wish to be stringent and avoid using water from the fresh supply are advised to arrange for storage tanks at home that will satisfy their needs for drinking and cooking over the yomtov.
A notice is going to be publicized informing the tzibur that the water supply reaching Bnei Brak from the desalination plant is fine for Pesach use. This notice will be signed by Gavaad Landau Shlita, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz Shlita.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)