ACTNews, GAZA – The water tank truck that says 'Aksi Cepat Tanggap' (ACT) on it turned right towards a neighborhood in the Gaza. Right after the truck parked, some children approached bringing jerry cans. The water occasionally splashed their happy faces as they filled the jerry cans. After the jerry cans were full, the children turned on the taps on the sides of the tank. They drank directly from the tap, occasionally washing their heads to fend off the heat of the sun on that Tuesday (6/22) afternoon.
Almost every day indeed, two ACT’s Humanity Water Tanks go around and visit the neighborhoods throughout Gaza. The Humanity Water Tanks will only take one day off between Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) team - ACT said that the distribution of clean water is the answer to the urgent needs of clean water in Palestine.
"No one ever knew when electricity in Gaza started to run. Frequently, in the morning until noon, the electricity goes out. This means that if the electricity goes out there is no clean water that can flow. In such conditions, the water tank trucks are very highly needed, "explained Faradiba, Monday (7/1).
The Humanity Water Tanks operate across five regions in Gaza, all of which are divided into dozens of distribution points. After almost two weeks traveling around these areas, the trucks will return at their initial departure and start the water distribution anew.
In addition to residential areas, Faradiba also said that Humanity Water Tanks also distribute clean water to public facilities. For example, schools, mosques, clinics, and other public facilities.
"This truck is expected to benefit up to 19,400 people in one week, where each will receive 20 liters of clean water. With the clean water aid, we hope to be able to ease the burden of Palestine, especially in the midst of conflicts that often erupt suddenly, " said Faradiba.
The conflict is also one of the reasons why the water crisis happens. Michael Lynk, one of the Special Rapporteurs at the United Nations (UN) revealed this in his official report to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
“As of 2017, more than 96% of Gaza’s coastal aquifer – the main source of water for residents of Gaza – has become unfit for human consumption. The reasons include over-extraction because of Gaza’s extremely dense population, contamination with sewage and seawater, Israel’s 12-year old blockade, and asymmetrical wars which have left Gaza’s infrastructure severely crippled and with a near-constant electricity shortage,” Lynk stated in a report that was published on March 18, 2019.