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Two water meters to go up in Jerusalem

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Two water meter manufacturers have agreed to increase the price of water meters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, as tensions mount over rising water levels.

A water meter for each household, for example, now costs $100 and will go up to $200 next month, according to the Palestinian Water Authority.

The price increases come as water levels in the region are steadily rising and Palestinians are facing a lack of water for irrigation.

Israel imposed restrictions in June on the water supply to the West of Ramah, an area of approximately 40 square kilometers that has a population of around 30,000 people.

The measures have allowed the water to rise to unprecedented levels.

Israel’s Water Authority on Friday agreed to raise the water level of one of the meter at the Gush Etzion settlement in Ramallah by two meters.

The water level rose from around 1,500 meters in January to 2,500 metres in March.

The water meter at Gush Estzion has a capacity of 1,600 liters, up from 800 liters.

Water meters are also being offered in the settlements of Efrat and Beit El.

The Palestinian Authority said it would offer an additional water meter to a resident of the settlement of Kafr Hamra in the south of Ramat Gan.

The price of the water meter was not immediately available.

The Israeli military said on Friday it would increase the prices of water meter components in Jerusalem, including water meters, at the end of the month.

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