ACTNews, GAZA - Children were chasing after the Humanity Water Tank when it arrived at one of the districts in Gaza. Their small hands carried jerry cans, buckets, washbasins, even pots to store the water. In the midst of the heat, they went back and of their houses to take the water from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Humanity Water Truck until they could collect as much as 20 liters of water.
Clean water in Gaza is a luxury. Gregor von Medeazza as Chief of Water and Sanitation at UNICEF earlier this year that over 90 percent of households have a tap where clean water once flowed, but today the water is no longer safe to drink. In the last 15 years, the situation in Gaza has gone from bad to worse: only one in 10 households now has direct access to safe water.
To solve this problem, ACT collaborated with Kitabisa.com, deployed the Humanity Water Tank on Thursday (12/19). This water tank truck distributed 20 liters of water to each family in several points in Palestine.
"Our targets are Gaza City, North Gaza, Central Gaza, Khan Younis, and Rafah. There are dozens of points in these areas where we distributed the clean water, especially in areas where many underprivileged people live," said Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT team, Friday (12/20).
Humanity Water Tank is heading to one of the distribution points in Gaza. (ACTNews)
In addition to poor neighborhoods, the Humanity Water Tank also targeted schools, mosques, clinics, and other public facilities. After the two-week distribution cycle, the Humanity Water Tank will return to its starting point and repeat the cycle onwards.
"With such a distribution system, we plan to target around 19,400 beneficiaries who need water in Gaza. Hopefully, this can alleviate the water shortage that has befallen Gaza, especially with the ongoing conflict, "hoped Faradiba.
The occupation did play an important role in the water crisis in Palestine. Palestinians living under occupation are not given the right to access clean water. Not only in Gaza, but the similar crisis also happens in the West Bank. Palestinians in the West Bank do not have access to use water sources there.
In 2016, Israel was granted access to over 71 percent of the aquifer water, while Palestinians were only granted 17 percent. While the agreement was supposed to last five years only, 20 years later, it is still in place. Whereas access to clean water is a basic right of every human being to fulfill his daily needs, as stipulated in the UN General Assembly Resolution 64/292 on July 28, 2010. However, it seems like the resolution does not apply to them.
Apart from the water monopoly by Israel, the clean water crisis is also the terrible quality of the water itself. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) released last March, 97 percent of water in Gaza fails to meet the minimum quality standards for drinking water.