By David LeopoldThe pool heat pumps used in Jerusalem are in disrepair, and the pumps are not designed to handle the heat of the hot spring, as the Israelis want, according to a statement issued by the Jerusalem municipality and the Palestinian Authority.
The pool heating system used in the Old City is in a state of disrepair and has not been inspected, and it has not received the required certification, the statement said.
According to a report by Al Jazeera’s correspondent in the West Bank, the pool system in the holy city, which is home to around 5,000 Jews and 80,000 Muslims, is the only one in the area with water meters that are not functioning, due to a lack of water.
The Palestinian Authority has demanded that the water meters be replaced and that the system be tested, which it has so far refused.
The PA said it would also send inspectors to the Old Town to check the system, and asked Israel to replace the meters in the system with more sophisticated ones, according the statement.
The water meter at the pool is currently at a level of 1,200 meters.
It is connected to a heat pump by pipes and has a water capacity of 10,000 liters, which translates into an average of around 3,500 litres of water per hour, according a statement from the Jerusalem Municipality.
“Israelis have asked the municipality to remove the meter and replace it with a better one, which has been under testing and is operating in good condition,” the statement added.
The Jerusalem municipality’s spokesperson told Al Jazeera that it is not the municipality’s role to issue any permits to the Israelis, and that it has already sent the inspectors to check on the system and its condition.
The statement also asked Israel not to issue permits for any construction in the vicinity of the Old Port, where the pool and other public buildings are located, in a bid to protect the integrity of the historic Old City.
The Old Port has a significant number of residents, mainly Jewish and Muslim, who live in its area, and is also home to the Jerusalem World Trade Center and the Old Citadel, which are the two main cultural centres in the ancient city.
The Palestinians have complained about the presence of Israeli forces in the port area for decades.
Israel has also claimed the Old Quarter of Jerusalem as its capital since 1967.