World Bank: Water situation alarming in Gaza

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The World Bank said in a statement issued Wednesday that Palestinian water resources are critically scarce, and the situation in Gaza is alarming.

Adnan Ghosheh, senior water and sanitation specialist, stated that only 10% of Gaza’s population has access to safe drinking water, compared to 90% in the West Bank or about 85% in MENA in general.

Raw or poorly treated wastewater, which comes from densely populated areas and refugee camps in Gaza, infiltrates the aquifer or goes to the Mediterranean, he said.

As a result, you have a shortage of water coupled with high demand, given the high growth of population now close to two-million, according to his statement.

“So there are issues both with the quality of water and the quantity of water, both are making access to improved drinking water very low.”

Ghosheh pointed out that here are some 150 operators who provide some kind of desalinated…

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