Clean Water Crisis Makes Al Bureij Camp in Gaza Prone to Diseases

Residents of Al Bureij Camp have no choice but to use unfit water to fulfill their daily needs which lead to the rise of disease transmissions such as infectious skin diseases and diarrhea among the Palestinian IDPs.

Waqf Well for Palestine.
Water flowing from the Waqf Well in Al Bureij Camp, Gaza. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – Al Bureij is one of the camps located in Deir al-Balah Governorate, in the middle of the Gaza strip. The 50 hectares camp is occupied by over 34 thousand people which 80 percent are Palestinian IDPs. Furthermore, the clean water crisis now has become prevalent among the camp residents.

Apart from the lack of facilities, access to clean water at Al Bureij Camp often gets blackouts. Therefore, the IDPs could not get the water supply at all neither for drinking nor washing.

Residents of Al Bureij Camp have no choice but to use unfit water to fulfill their daily needs which lead to the rise of disease transmissions such as infectious skin diseases and diarrhea among the Palestinian IDPs.

Said Mukaffiy from ACT’s Global Humanity response explains that various efforts have been done by ACT and the benefactors to help the ID{s in Al Bureij Camp. Recently, Global Wakaf-ACT has built a Waqf Well to provide a new source of clean water at the location.

"The well was drilled using 12-inch iron pipes at a depth of 76 meters and a 17 meters water column. We also used a 10 bar pressure pipe and installed a submersible pump with an efficiency of up to 40 thousand liters of water per hour. This well also connects to residents' waterways," said Said, Wednesday (12/1/2021).

Mukaffiy hopes for the Waqf Well in Al Bureij Camp to solve the spread of waterborne diseases.

The well location is also close to the residents’ agricultural land. Therefore, they can utilize the well to irrigate their field.

“We also hope for the agricultural sector in Al Bureij Camp to improve as it will give positive impacts to the entire Gaza. In addition to reviving the farmers’ and agricultural workers’ economic conditions, their harvest will also be able to cover the food needs of Gazans,” Mukaffiy concluded.[]