Lumbung Air Wakaf in Gaza Aims to End Water Crisis

A Lumbung Air Wakaf was officially inaugurated in Jabalia, North Gaza. This drinking water processing plant capable of processing up to 250 thousand liters of clean water aims to put an end to the drinking water crisis in Gaza.

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Inauguration of the Lumbung Air Wakaf in Jabalia, North Gaza. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – The national anthems of Indonesia and Palestine echoed in Gaza, Palestine, Monday (12/20/2021) during the inauguration of the Lumbung Air Wakaf (LAW). It is a waqf-funded drinking water factory whose construction was supported by Indonesian donors.

Said Mukaffiy from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Global Humanity Response (GHR) team explained that the inauguration of LAW was attended by the Mayor of Jabalia Mazen Al-Najjar and the ACT Palestine Branch Manager Tahany Qassem.

"The construction took about three months and involved dozens of workers. Alhamdulillah, it is now operational and can fulfill up to 1.25 percent of clean water needs in Gaza, Insha Allah. This factory will operate every day and is slated to benefit 80,000 people each month,” added Said.

The two-floor building is located in the Alkaram area in East Jabalia, North Gaza. The production of the drinking water will take place on the first floor while the second floor will be used as the administration room, pantry, and toilet.

With a production capacity of 250,000 liters every day, the LAW will supply water to ACT’s Humanity Water Tanks that provide water for Gaza’s poor neighborhoods. The water will also be distributed in the form of bottled drinking water.

The inauguration of the Lumbung Air Wakaf was attended by the people of Gaza. (ACTNews)

The LAW will also provide job opportunities for the Gazans by recruiting them to work there.

The LAW is equipped with 10 water tanks with a capacity of 5,000 liters each. Two tanks will be used to collect water from water wells, and eight tanks will be used for the desalination process.

"This process is carried out to remove salt from the water to obtain fresh, potable water. Because Gaza is close to the sea, the groundwater has very high salt content," mentioned Said.

In addition, there are three small tanks with a capacity of 200 liters each. They serve to sterilize water from bacteria, as well as to neutralize acidity and alkalinity in water. []