Wastewater treatment project in Gaza gets World Bank funds

Sponsored by

GAZA, Aug. 26, 2010 -- The World Bank Board of Directors approved today an additional financing grant of $7 million for the North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment (NGEST) project. The grant will support the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant under the second phase of the project and will provide a long term solution to the treatment of wastewater in the Northern Governorate of Gaza.

The project benefits a population of about 250,000 people living in the communities of Jabalya, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun, and Um Al Nasser. The primary objective of the first phase of the project was to mitigate the immediate health and environmental safety threats to the communities surrounding the effluent lake at the old Beit Lahiya wastewater treatment plant that was first designed to serve a population of 50,000. The effluent lake has been drained and the wastewater is being managed at the new site pending completion of the new treatment plant.

"We are now moving towards achieving a much needed long-term solution," said Richard Pollard, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, "The construction of a modern wastewater treatment plant will provide advanced secondary treatment sufficient for water reuse for agriculture, as well as environmental remediation for the land at the Beit Lahiya site."

"This development project has a noteworthy impact," added Mariam Sherman, Country Director for West Bank and Gaza, "Eliminating the imminent threat of flooding due to severe overloading of the outdated Beit Lahyia wastewater treatment plant was a true success. However, adequate sanitation, treatment and disposal of wastewater, are basic services to which Gaza's population is entitled."

The project is a result of strong collaboration between the Palestinian Water Authority, the World Bank, Sweden, Belgium, France, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. It is also supported by Quartet Representative, Tony Blair. Project implementation is conducted in close coordination with the Israeli Government.

The NGEST is the fourth in a series of water and sanitation projects supported by the World Bank, through the Trust Fund for Gaza and West Bank, since 1993. World Bank contribution to the project has totaled $26.8 million.

For more information on the World Bank's work in West Bank and Gaza, please visit www.worldbank.org/ps


Sponsored by

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Water Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox or Mailbox

Subscribe to one of our magazines or email newsletters today at no cost and receive the latest information.


CA water pros unveil new framework to help utilities better control water losses

The largest association of California drinking water professionals recently announced the formation of a program -- the California Water Loss Control Collaborative -- to educate and assist state drinking water agencies in understanding and reducing losses of precious water.

RWL Water granted 5.8-MGD seawater desalination project in California, Mexico

The State Water Commission of Baja California, Mexico, has officially awarded the consortium of RWL Water, and its Mexican partners Libra Ingenieros and R.J. Ingenieria, a project to build, finance, operate, and transfer a seawater desalination plant in the city of San Quintín.

NAWC names Connecticut Water winner of 2015 Management Innovation Awards

The National Association of Water Companies has named Connecticut Water Company the winner of its 2015 Management Innovation Awards for its customer protection program called "Be Sure Before You Open the Door."




© 2015. PennWell Corporation. All Rights Reserved. PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS