Team Europe marks the World Water Day in Palestine
March 24, 2022
Under the French Presidency of the European Union and the patronage of the Palestinian Water Authority, the Consulate General of France, the EU Representative and European Union Heads of Missions celebrate the World Water Day at the Hebron Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and launched the Team Europe Initiative on waste water management.
Upscaling investments for better water resources management is extremely important for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Notably wastewater treatment and re-use is one of the concrete ideas translated into practical infrastructure projects to ensure better access to water resources for Palestinian communities.
The Hebron Waste Water Management program is currently the largest ongoing public infrastructure project in the West Bank and is an example where joint efforts are still needed. The €63 million project is co-financed by the EU (15 M€), AFD (17.5 M€), the World Bank ($4.5M), and the Palestinian Authority and Hebron Municipality. The project consists of Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure with a capacity to treat 22,500 cubic meters daily.
The plant is expected to become operational early 2023, serving around 240,000 people living in Hebron. The plant will provide farmers in Hebron Governorate with treated wastewater for agricultural use. The Hebron governorate relies to a large extent on agriculture.