Water and Sanitation
Water and Sanitation

Water and Sanitation

The political situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has postponed a solution to the problems of inequitable access and usage of the region’s water. Moreover, Israel has control over most natural resources in the oPt, and enforces discriminatory policies and practices towards the Palestinians denying their right to safe, clean and adequate water. Palestinians use 70 liters on average per day per person, about 30 liters less than that recommended by World Health Organization, while the Israeli daily consumption per capita is about 300 liters. In addition to the Israeli restrictions, the capacity of the Palestinians to pump, distribute and use water effectively is very limited due to old and overused available water networks, pumps, reservoirs and storage tanks. The situation in Gaza is even more challenging, with a population growth amongst the highest in the world, and a siege that is prohibiting necessary material and equipment to rehabilitate the infrastructure, studies show that Gaza has already reached a crisis point.

CARE strives to provide Palestinian communities with improved access to quality water. To achieve this objective, the water program undertakes projects that involve making new water wells, building household water cisterns, small scale irrigation systems, rehabilitating and building new water systems, pumping stations, constructing sanitation units for village schools, and increasing community awareness of sanitation and water conservation.

This is the second phase of this AusAID-funded water project in the Jenin Governorate of the northern West Bank. Based on a recommendation from the first phase, CARE aims to improve access to sustainable water in three communities (Silat al Harithiya, Al Yamun and Kafr Dan) through the extension of current water networks. By extending the current water network by approximately 10 kilometers within these three villages, 300 households (1800 people) will be connected to running water. Public awareness and education activities will build community knowledge and improve behaviors related to safe water storage and consumption.

Additional Info

  • Donor Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
  • Implementing Partner  
  • Beneficiaries 300 households (1800 people)
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