UK pledges $12m to build water plant in Gaza Strip, Palestine

The sea water reverse osmosis plant is expected to initially provide 55 million cubic metres of water a year until 2021

The UK will support the construction of a water plant in Gaza [representational image].
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The UK will support the construction of a water plant in Gaza [representational image].

The UK Government has pledged $11.8m in support for the construction of a water desalination plant in Gaza, Palestine, which is one of three projects that make up the 'Desalination Facility for the Gaza Strip' scheme.

According to Palestinian News Agency, Wafa, Mazen Ghneim, head of Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), made the announcement during the opening of an international conference on the water desalination in the Gaza Strip.

He said PWA had completed a “large part of the plan” for the scheme, which consists of three integrated projects.

The first is a desalination sea water reverse osmosis plant that is expected to provide 55 million m3 of water per year until 2021. This will later expand to 110 million m3 of water every year, according to Wafa.

The second is a north-south conveyance system that allows the distribution of freshwater throughout the Gaza Strip, with the third being a non-revenue water reduction project to enhance the system’s efficiency and reduce water losses.

Ghneim reportedly urged donors at the opening of the conference – attended by 31 countries at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels – to support the development, given its importance to more than two million people living in Gaza Strip.

The event aims to raise money to kickstart the project after raising $565m last year, a figure representing 80% of the total project cost.

The news comes weeks after American power management firm Eaton won a contract to provide power distribution and industrial control systems for the Kan Khan Younis Water Treatment Plant in Palestine, alongside “key local partner”, Jordan's Sam Engineering.

The project aims to provide more than nine million m3 of treated wastewater, which will be recharged annually into a local purifier, providing residents of Khan Younis access to cleaner water for agricultural purposes.

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