The Yarkon River Authority is working with environmental experts to limit potential ecological and health-related damages, after pollution from a wastewater treatment plant in Israel’s southern Sharon area flowed into the river. Authorities became aware of the problem on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, when white foam was seen in the Yarkon. The foam was apparently created by inflow of a large amount of detergents from the wastewater treatment plant.

​The Yarkon River Authority says there is a problem with continuous flow of poor quality effluents from the wastewater treatment plant, which receives sewage from the community of Alfei Menashe, the city of Qalqilya, and the southeastern Sharon area.

The problem is a result of too large a load on the wastewater treatment plant, which is currently in the process of upgrading and renovation, in accordance with demands from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP). The upgrade work is exepected to be finished by mid-2017.

Representatives from the South Sharon Regional Council, where the wastewater treatment plant is located, have previously been summoned to a hearing with the director of the MoEP’s Central District office, after delays in the upgrade work.