Palestinian Population Face Water Pollution for Decades

The contaminated water in Palestine has led to various health hazards for those consuming it.

ACT volunteers in Palestine preparing for the construction of the Waqf Well. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA - Albendouin is a village located northern Gaza, Palestine. Thousands of people live there. There are hardly big, expensive houses there. Many houses there are patched tarpaulin tents. The village is inhabited by 270 families or about 1,900 inhabitants.

In Albendouin Village, the existing water source is contaminated, making the village unsuitable to live in. The health of the residents, especially those using the contaminated water for drinking, is threatened.

Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team said that life in Albedouin was quite difficult. The houses were in poor condition because they are made of mainly holey tarps or fabrics.

"The existing water sources are contaminated with hazardous materials due to the conflict. Many of them are sick because they cannot buy clean water for consumption, "Faradiba explained, Monday (2/24).

Prolonged humanitarian conflict does have a negative impact on the Palestinian population. In addition to their homes being taken by Israel, the contamination from hazardous materials used during the conflict also has a prolonged effect, especially on the health of those using the contaminated water.

Palestine is now experiencing a clean water crisis. Public Radio International reported, since 20 years ago, 85 percent of drinking water in Gaza had been contaminated. In 2018, they found the alarming fact that the level of contamination had increased to 97 percent. Consuming contaminated water poses serious health problems, including diarrhea, kidney disease, stunting, and cognitive disorders.

For this reason, ACT and Global Wakaf began the construction of the Waqf Well in Albenduin in January. This village was chosen due to its contaminated water sources. "The well will be built right on the front yard of the mosquito make it easily accessible for the worshippers as well as the surrounding community," added Faradiba.

Not only in Albendouin, but a Waqf Well is also being built in Deir Al-Balah region, Gaza. There are many government buildings in the area. Unfortunately, the water supply is scarce. The Waqf Well will hopefully be able to benefit the employees in the government buildings and the passers-by who go through the streets around Deir Al-Balah.

Until now, there have been three Waqf Wells built in Gaza. Earlier in December 2019, a well was built in the Tariq bin Ziyad school. The construction of the Waqf Wells is a response from ACT and Global Wakaf to overcome the water crisis in Palestine. []