ACTNews, GAZA - The Generous Waqf Well has brought immense benefits to the residents living near the government complex of the Deir Al Balah governorate, Gaza. The well that completed construction in March, has become a clean water station that residents can use, including for consumption.
Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team explained that the clean water station will also serve pedestrians passing by the government complex. "This government complex consist of schools, hospitals, offices, and correctional institutions," said Faradiba. In total, the Waqf Well can serve about 2,500 people a day.
Gaza's Director of Health and Environment Khalid al Tibi explained that polluted water had a significant impact on a number of people, namely children and the elderly. Polluted water can cause serious health problems, especially diarrhea, typhoid or paratyphoid, which is caused by salmonella microbes. All these diseases can develop in children when they drink polluted water, "Khalid said, as reported by the International Middle East Media Center.
In October 2019, Vice.com reported that only one in ten households in Gaza can access clean water. Clean water sources in Gaza are located on the coast, but pollution and waste contaminate 97 percent of the water supply.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Urban Water Utility Directorate Mouther Shubiaq said, to improve the state of water in Gaza, “To improve the water situation in the Gaza Strip, step-by-step solutions must be found, such as small desalination plants, rainwater collection, wastewater treatment, seawater desalination and infrastructure like reservoirs and pipelines.