The EU and the UN begin expansion of Southern Gaza Seawater Desalination Plant to help address shortages of safe drinking water in the Gaza Strip
December 5, 2019
Representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, and the Palestinian Authority officially marked today the beginning of new works to expand the production capacity of the Southern Gaza Seawater Desalination Plant.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, the Acting Representative of the European Union, the Special Representative of UNICEF in the State of Palestine, representatives from the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU), and local stakeholders.
”Nearly 97% of water in Gaza is considered unfit for human consumption. Huge efforts are needed to ensure that Gazans can access fresh water. This is both a fundamental human right and an urgent humanitarian need. This project, funded by the EU, will help solve the problem in Gaza and will give hope in the midst of a very bleak reality. Once completed, 250,000 Palestinians living in Rafah and Khan Younis will have access to fresh drinking water,” said the Acting European Union Representative Tomas Niklasson.