Joint CA, PA project to reduce contamination in Judea and Samaria

Dozens of wastewater treatment facilities and waste collection facilities to be constructed in the area to reduce pollution and improve quality of life for all residents

Date: 07/02/2012, 11:54 AM     Author: Florit Shoihet

Dozens of wastewater treatment facilities will be established in Judea and Samaria within the next few years. Initiated by the Civil Administration, the Palestinian Authority and community leaders, the project will significantly improve quality of life of all residents in the area. As a result, many waste collection sites and illegal incinerators will be shut down as well.

Every day a thousand tons of wastes are created in the Judea and Samaria, while wasted from Israeli territory are illegally transferred to the region as well.

Incinerating garbage creates air pollution, odors, health hazards and damage to water sources. In places where there are no wastewater treatment facilities, the sewage flows to rivers and contaminates them. Since most rivers in Judea and Samaria flow the Mediterranean Sea this is a global hazard.

During the next few years a waste collection facility will be established in the Judea area, benefitting both Israeli and Palestinian populations. The facility will cost 20 million dollars donated by the World Bank, enabling the shutting down of approximately 60 illegal waste collection facilities in the area within six months.

A wastewater treatment facility will be constructed at the Hebron region within a year as well, also partially funded the World Bank. Sewage from thousands of households in the region pours to the Hebron River that continues to the city of Be’er Sheva and is considered one of the most contaminated rivers. Additionally, part of the polluted ricer flows through the city of Hebron and wastewater treatment facility will prevent this hazard. In Ramallah and Tul Karem similar facilities will be constructed.

Additionally, at Dir Dibwan located east of Ramallah, another waste collection facility is constructed to accommodate the Palestinian population in the region. The German bank, Keith Fullerton Whitman (KFW), is subsidizing its establishment that may cost approximately 20 million dollars. Another waste collection facility in the Tul Karem area is currently under construction, as part of the Civil Administration’s environmental project which also includes establishment of a community park.

Within four year, there will be three main waste collection facilities in Judea and Samaria that will accommodate the entire population in the area.
“This is a huge contribution to the Judea and Samaria population and the quality of life will improve,” said Civil Administration environmental officer, Benny Elbaz. He explained that thanks to the project, “we are already seeing reduced pollution and water contamination.”