In September, Two New Waqf Wells Reduce Gaza's Water Crisis

September 2021, ACT is building two waqf wells in Gaza, Palestine. This 50 meter deep well has a specific filtration system. The construction of this well is to reduce the water crisis in Gaza.

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The process of building a new Waqf Well in Gaza. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – The construction of two Waqf Wells for the people of Gaza is in progress. Each well is built in the Beit Hanoun area, northern Gaza, and in Khuza'a, Khan Younis, southern Gaza. The development process involved Palestinian ACT volunteers and the local community.

Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response Team estimates that these two wells with a depth of 50 meters will finish in a month.

"Insha Allah, they can use these wells at the end of the month. This Waqf Well is an initiative of Global Wakaf-ACT and donors to reduce the water crisis in Gaza," explained Firdaus.

Firdaus explained, the majority of Gazans still drink water with quality below the average health standard. The water they drink is often from polluted water sources.

Firdaus hopes that through the Waqf Well, Gazans can consume better quality water. He emphasizes that water sourced from Waqf Wells will be clean and suitable for consumption.

"Waqf well water sources are taken from a sufficient depth. The well is also equipped with a filter system that will filter out impurities and harmful compounds in the water that is pumped out,” he continued.

The Gazans have had difficulty building water sources with an advanced filtration system. It takes a high cost. The water that has been available so far is often cloudy and very dangerous if consumed continuously. "It can cause various diseases to fetal abnormalities if consumed by pregnant women," said Firdaus.

These two wells are the 33rd and 34th Waqf Wells, financed by ACT and benefactors. The number of Waqf Well will increase with the support of benefactors.[]