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Jerusalem's Fifth System

Jerusalem's Fifth System

All these environmental aspects are reflected in the complex project, currently being spearheaded by Mekorot, which is designed to solve the future water supply needs of the city of Jerusalem and the surroundings – the Fifth Line to Jerusalem. The project was designed – and is being executed – to utilize the land resources wisely, with the maximum protection of the ecological and environmental systems. Mekorot has adopted a planning approach aimed at minimizing the environmental impact. This approach can be seen from the stage of determining the width of the strip for work in sensitive areas – while adhering to the existing infrastructure – through to ecological surveys. In the project, works are also carried out for landscape rehabilitation, and geophytes have been replicated (bulbs of plants such as primroses, saffron and crocus) and returned to their place as part of the landscape restoration works.
Some of the trees have been replanted at the Engineering Memorial in Mishmar David, at the HaMovil Junction and at the Shafdan.
The project also reflects productive cooperation, between Mekorot and the JNF and other green organizations, for the protection the environment. To this end, Mekorot will cut a tunnel – which is the first of its kind in Israel and among only a few in the world – into the mountain, for conveying water by advanced technology.
Excavating the tunnel, in the construction of the eastern section of the Fifth Line to Jerusalem, is designed to ensure the conservation of natural resources in the area for future generations.