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UK to contribute 9m pounds for Gaza’s water desalination plant

May 1, 2019 12:29 P.M. (Updated: May 3, 2019 11:09 A.M.)
GAZA STRIP (Ma'an) -- The United Kingdom announced a contribution of nine million pounds for the water desalination plant in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to Mazen Ghneim, head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), on Tuesday.

The announcement took place at the opening of an international conference on the water desalination project in the Gaza Strip, which was attended by 31 countries and held at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The conference aims to raise financial funds to be able to kick start the project after raising last year $565 million or 80% of the total cost of the project.

Ghneim urged the donors at the opening of the international conference to continue to support the project due to its importance to more than two million people living in the Strip.

Ghneim said the PWA completed the large part of the plan for the project and that work will start by the end of 2019.

The plant is expected to provide 55 million cubic meters of water a year in the first stage until 2021, but will later expand to provide 110 million cubic meters of water every year.

Ghneim said that the project is expected to help Gaza, where only 3% of its current water is suitable for drinking while 97% of the coastal belt water is not suitable for human consumption, making the water desalination plant its only way out of this humanitarian crisis.

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