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Wastewater reuse project launches in Ramallah City

Sept. 20, 2018 1:14 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 23, 2018 11:35 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) recently launched a wastewater reuse project to conserve scarce drinking water in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Anera said in a press release that the project is expected to be completed by May 2020 and that it will protect the water supply by facilitating the reuse of 240,000 cubic meters (63,401,292 gallons) of wastewater annually.

The treated wastewater will be suitable for a variety of non-household uses, including in construction and firefighting, and in the irrigation of fruit trees, gardens and parks.

The project, funded by the Jim Pattison Foundation, the Vitol Foundation and the Ramallah Municipality, will also increase the amount of potable water available for human consumption and domestic use in Ramallah City by 300 cubic meters (79,251 gallons) per day.

The project is set to greatly improve the urban living environment in Ramallah.

The project will include a filling station and a distribution network to make the reclaimed water accessible to three neighborhoods, al-Tira, Batn al-Hawa and Jadwal.

Water filling stations will also be constructed to make the reclaimed water accessible for fire trucks, as well as for construction and irrigation sites that are not connected to the distribution network.

Ramallah City, like most of the occupied West Bank, suffers from severe water shortages resulting from drought, population growth, and access to groundwater resources.

Anera's agriculture program manager in the West Bank, Naser Qadous, said "Utilizing reclaimed wastewater has already helped us to increase irrigation in the rural areas of Jenin. This project in Ramallah will help us to conserve fresh water and make the best use of treated wastewater to expand green spaces in the city."

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