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To celebrate 70 years since its founding, Mekorot invites you to tour our Visitor Centers.

Mekorot Visitors Centers are located throughout the country and are open for prescheduled organized tours, at no cost. Tours are for ages 11 and up. Visits include a presentation, movie and guided tour. You can arrange tours by telephone or fax.

 
Sapir Station Center at the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret)

This center is located at the site of the first pumping station of the National Water Carrier. Here, deep inside the earth, three huge pumps lift water from the Sea of Galilee 209 meters (640 feet) below sea level to a height of 50 meters above sea level. A visit to the site includes a guided tour of the pumping tunnel, explanation of the pumps’ sophisticated operation, and a movie explaining the construction of the National Water Carrier and Mekorot’s system which supplies water throughout Israel. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours.

To arrange a visit please call 972-4-671 4770 or fax 972-4-672 6399.

 
  
 
Yarkon Springs Center at Rosh Ha’ayin

Yarkon Springs at Rosh Ha’ayin is Israel’s primary water “intersection”. At this location, the National Water Carrier arrives from the North of the country and is combined with water from springs located at Rosh Ha’ayin. From here, water flows to the Negev in two large pipelines and to the Dan region in another pipeline. The Visitors Center offers an explanation of Israel’s national water supply system, including Israel’s various aquifers, and a tour of the site’s pumping stations. Entrance to the site is by way of Kibbutz Givat HaShlosha, adjacent to the kibbutz country club. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours.  
 
To arrange a visit please call 972-3-938 8961 or fax 972-3-938 0185.

 
  
 
Diesel Chulda Jerusalem Center

The “Water to Jerusalem” Center is located on a hill next to the road between Chulda and Mazkeret-Batya. A Visitors Center has been created at this historic underground pumping station, designed to demonstrate how water is supplied to Jerusalem. The Center describes Mekorot’s non-stop efforts to supply water at any time and under any conditions – including during times of war, such as Israel’s War of Independence – during which Mekorot played a major role in saving Jerusalemites from thirst, as well as during current times, when Jerusalem is thriving. Mekorot offers group tours free of charge, upon advance notice.

To arrange a tour please call 972-3-938 8961.

 
  
 
Simcha Center – Water for the Negev

The Simcha Station, one of the most central pumping stations in the Negev, is responsible for the distribution of fresh water and purified water to the region. An explanation of water challenges facing the Negev is given at the station, water sources, and the various distribution methods of water that arrives from the North via the National Water Carrier.  A visit includes a movie on water supply in Israel, and a tour of the pumping station.  The Center is located adjacent to the city of Sderot.  The tour requires approximately one hour.

To arrange a visit please call 972-8-662 0666 or fax 972-8-662 0669.

 
  
 
Shafdan Center - The Third Pipeline to the Negev

The Shafdan purification plant, which is responsible for the purification of wastewater from cities in the Dan region and its reuse for agricultural purposes, is one of the largest and most advanced of its kind in the world. Water purified at the plant is carried through the Third Pipeline to the Negev Region where it is used all forms of irrigation purposes. A tour of Shafdan includes a description of purification methods and transport to the Negev, as well as a movies and demonstration facilities. The tour requires approximately 1.5 hours.

To arrange a tour please call 972-3-963 5111 or fax 972-3-961 2757.