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The Beit Zayit Reservoir

It is recommended to come visit the Beit Zayit Reservoir during the winter as this huge reservoir, which is located near the mosav of Beit Zayit, right on the course of the Sorek Stream, collects rain water. As a matter of fact, after an especially rainy winter, a kind of a seasonal lake is created here, the length of which is over a kilometer and the width of which is a few hundreds of meters. The Beit Zayit Reservoir began in the 1950s as a great dam, the purpose of which was to stop the flow of the Sorek Stream and thus to enrich the ground water in the area. The water did indeed permeate into the ground but the aquifer was not enriched as was expected- which made the project into a failure. It is not permitted to enter the water here, but around the artificial lake one can find several magnificent observation points over the area, which sometimes seems to be taken out of some wintry European scene. Arrival either through Beit Zayit or Ein Kerem.
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