31 May '14, 9am

Water in Gaza - total collapse draws ever nearer - The Ecologist

Water in Gaza - total collapse draws ever nearer - The Ecologist

"The majority of water resources are concentrated in the hands of Israel, while the Palestinian population endures significant water deficits." The consequences of a dry winter in the Middle East are being studied particularly closely in Gaza, where the area's 1.9 million residents already face a number of largely man-made threats to water security. The following round-up of recent publications by think tanks, analysts and human rights organizations highlights the close link between water security and electricity supplies, and the near exhaustion of Gaza's coastal aquifer. A power crisis in the territoriy has reduced the availability of running water in most households, according to a factsheet produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with more than 30% of homes in Gaza receiving running water for just 6-8 hours every four days. Immedi...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2414449/wa...

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