ACTNews, GAZA – Clean water was scarce in Al-Zawaida, Gaza. It was only available for two days a week, but the water that was available was often too salty to drink. Many residents suffered from diseases from drinking unclean water.
One of the residents, Umm Ahmad Al-Qazaz (48) said the high salinity water in Al-Zawaida has negatively affected her children’s health and well-being.
“Children often suffer from stomachache. The briny water often can’t quench their thirst. We have been dealing with this problem for years,” said Al-Qazaz.
Because of this situation, Global Wakaf – ACT began the construction of a Waqf Well for Al-Zawaida in December 2021. The construction of the wall took about a month before it is finally ready to use.
Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response explained that there was a water well in Al-Zawaida area in the past, but it was only able to provide for 60 percent of its population. It was finally closed because the water became polluted and unfit for use.
To avoid the same thing, ACT’s Waqf Well was constructed in an area where the groundwater is not polluted. The well is also equipped with a desalination filter, making the water fit for consumption.
“Using a water pump with a capacity of up to 15 horsepower, this well is capable of providing up to 70 thousand liters per hour. In addition, this well is also equipped with a pipe that is connected to the city’s water channel so that the water can be directly carried to residents' homes,” said Firdaus.