From desalination plants that work to filter the contaminated aquifer water. Although this water is treated, it isn’t always safe. It is also extremely expensive. According to UN reports, families are spending up to a third of their income on water, forcing them to sacrifice food, medical care and education.
As the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza protracts, exacerbated by the 10-year blockade that prevents critical reconstruction and development of safe water and sanitation systems, the water crisis will only intensify. According to statements made by our representatives in the Gaza Strip, “the water is too salty. Our children suffer from diarrhea and skin infections most of the time.”
Palestinians in Gaza remember a time when almost everyone could drink clean water from the tap. Today, less than four percent of freshwater is drinkable, and the surrounding area is polluted by sewage. Water polluted by human waste can cause the spread of deadly diseases like cholera. Water containing high levels of chloride and nitrates can have serious consequences for pregnant women and young children.