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Warning on low drinking water availability in Palestine

Warning on low drinking water availability in Palestine

Ramallah, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Palestinians have 84,2 water liters per capita per day, a figure below the 100 liters recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), official sources warned.
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A report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and the Palestinian Water Authority highlights that 79% of the liquid available in the Gaza Strip and West Bank comes from underground sources.

The main reason for the low use of surface waters is due to Israeli control over the Jordan river and the Dead Sea, the joint release denounced, issued on the occasion of World Water Day, celebrated every year on March 22.

According to the release, more than 97% of the water pumped in the Gaza Strip, where 2 million Palestinians live, does not meet WHO standards.

The Gaza Strip Water Authority warned the day before about the depletion of the only aquifer in the coastal enclave, which supplies water to more than 90% of the territory’s inhabitants.

Mazen Al-Banna, head of the organization, pointed out that the water has dropped to significant levels due to overpumping, and at the same time considered the Israeli blockade to be responsible for the crisis.

Quoted by the Safa news agency, Al-Banna pointed out that this situation is compounded by the growing saline intrusion due to the mixing of water from the Mediterranean Sea.

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