The World Bank’s board of directors approved on Friday the allocation of $7 million for the North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment project. The grant is intended to support the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant under the second phase of the project and to provide a long-term solution to the treatment of wastewater in the northern Gaza Strip for a population of about 250,000 people living in Jabalya, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanun, and Um al-Nasser.
“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.”
The project is a result of collaboration by the Palestinian Water Authority, the World Bank, Sweden, Belgium, France, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank. Project implementation is conducted in close coordination with Israel. The North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment initiative 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 $26.8m.