NEWSLETTER - Green Cross
Water for Life,
Water for Peace

Since to 2003 is in Palestine the natural scarcity of water resources in the Jordan river basin is complicated by the permanent political crisis.
Due to security restrictions enforced by Israel, people and water tanks cannot move freely. Almost 15% of Palestinians do not have adequate water supply. 10% have less than 30 l. p.c. per day. In 30 villages, the available p.c. amount is 10 l. per day. 85% of communities have no adequate sanitation. In some cases, water prices have trebled, and some people spend 30% of their income on water.
Our actions to respond to this alarming situation include:

- The Water for Life Campaign, which brings together 650 village councils. On a monthly basis, they provide information which is made available in a public database (details can be found at, in order to empower people and enable their participation in the management of water resources.
- Construction of rainfall harvesting systems - 1,000 were constructed last year, with a capacity of 70 m3 each; 30 ponds were constructed for agricultural purposes, each with a capacity of 240 m3.
- Improvement of sanitation, especially in rural areas, through biological treatment systems. Four treatment units were provided in different parts of the West Bank.
- Public awareness and water conservation. Water Conservation Centers were created in Gaza and in the West Bank, where people can learn about tools and ways to reduce water use.
- Rehabilitation of old water networks, springs and groundwater wells. Some of these activities have been supported by region Emilia Romagna and GVC, a NGO based in Bologna.

For sustainable solutions to be achieved, water should be allocated equally. A change of perception is needed, we should no longer speak of occupiers and the occupied. We need to build bridges, not further separations or walls.
Effective and balanced water governance can be attained by forming managing boards in each country, with the participation of the public and of NGO's. Such boards can form a regional board with the assistance of unbiased international agencies. Only then can an ethical code of conduct and a water charter be adopted. At the same time, appropriate enforcement mechanisms should be put in place, to ensure that commitments are implemented.
Short, medium and long term plans should be drawn up, as well as common strategies with clear targets and deadlines. Other key issues are the affordability of water pricing, effective awareness campaigns and appropriate technology.

Ayman Rabi- Palestine Hydrology Group

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Access to Water isn't a privilege,

1.2 billion people do not have access to drinking water
2.4 billion lack basic sanitation
Thirst kills
So does dirty water

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