Gaza: provision of desalinated water increased

Three plants but shortage of electricity, funding

09 April, 17:24

    (ANSAmed) - GAZA, APRIL 9 - A desalination plant entered on Thursday in its 'third phase' in Deir el-Balah, in the central sector of the Gaza Strip, the Wafa news agency reports.

    According to the agency, daily production has gone from 3,400 cubic meters of drinking water to 6,000 to the benefit of 100,000 residents. The cost is 18 million dollars.

    Local sources added that two other desalination plants are functioning in Gaza. In the south, between Khan Yunes and Rafah, a plant funded by UNICEF and the European Union is working to provide 12,000 cubic meters of water for 75,000 inhabitants. In future, production could reach 20,000 cubic meters. North of Gaza a third plant is worth 10,000 cubic meters. The development of these projects however is influenced by the shortage of electrical power and poor finances.

    Last month came the announcement of an agreement Italy signed with the World Bank to contribute to the work and to increase the quantity of drinking water in the Gaza Strip. Other sources of water provision in Gaza come from Israel (10 million of cubic meters a year) and from local wells.(ANSAmed).

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