Spring Water Running in Water Networks

Spring Water Running in Water Networks

Home to over 6000 people Qattana, as the majority of the villages in the West Bank, suffers severe water shortage problems especially during the summer. Relying on Mekorot, as the main water source residents receive as little as 40 l/c/d, far below standards recommended by the World Health Organization. As part of the Organization’s mandate to augment water supply and under the framework of the “Emergency water supply for rural Palestinian communities in the West Bank” Project funded by ECHO implemented in partnership with ACPP, PHG planned an intervention to introduce a supplementary water source by rehabilitating Ein al Balad spring utilized no more than 6% of the discharge at the time for domestic and agricultural purposes.

 

After rehabilitating the spring, constructing a 140 m3 balancing tank, a pumping and chlorination unit and a 125 m3 distribution reservoir in addition to the installation of 940 m of 2" pipes and 57 household connections the spring discharge was incorporated to the water system supplying the village. Water supply delivered to the households increased offering a reliable water source

 

Saleem Jaber a resident in Qattana lives in an area that obtains almost no water forcing him to rely on private water vendors that sell water for as much as 35 NIS/m3 or on water manually conveyed from the village’s spring by his wife and children before the implementation of the project.

 

“I was relieved when I saw the water of our springs running to my tap and started singing. I used to pay 35 NIS for one cubic meter and now I pay 4 NIS. I will spend the money I saved for improving the living conditions of my family. My wife and children are happy that they don’t have to bring water from the spring.”