Consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos to draft a waste water re-use plan for Hebron
The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) asked the Dutch consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos to make a plan for the re-use of waste water in de Hebron region.
The contract with the PWA-authorities was signed on March 6. Witteveen+Bos will conduct the study together with the Palestine office of the Jordanian engineering firm CEC Sajdi & Partners.
The project is partly financed by the World Bank. The plan must be ready for implementation within a year.
Waste water released unthreatened
Currently up to 95% of the waste water in the Hebron region is released unthreatened. The water ends up in the Hebron river leading to the pollution of both surface and ground water. This situation makes it impossible for the Palestine water authorities to gain water for drinking and agricultural purposes.
Israeli-Palestine agreement needed
The reconstruction of the Hebron Waste Water Treatment Plant will be a very important first step in the rehabilitation of the Hebron river. Israel has been trying to solve the problem of the Palestine waste water unilaterally.
However, fair and effective solutions must be agreed on by both Israelis and Palestinians, in full cooperation. Only joint management and monitoring of the sewage by both sides will enable a real, long term resolution for the issues of the Hebron river
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