Photo Credit: Edi Israel / Flash 90
View of the Israeli desalination plant on the Mediterranean Sea, in Ashdod on August 7, 2005. The facility is located in Ashkelon, not far from the northern border of the Gaza Strip. In its first phase of operation, it was built to supply 100 million cubic meters of water a year.

Israel is teaming up with international donors to supply power to Gaza’s sewage and water desalination facilities.

Last week Israel’s Water Authority signed an agreement with the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company to supply three megawatts of electricity to the sewage treatment plant in northern Gaza.

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The plant, expected to become fully operational within the next two months, is projected to treat some 36,000 cubic meters of sewage per day and will have the capacity to serve approximately 300,000 Gaza residents while also providing grey water for agricultural use. It is being powered by nine high-capacity generators supplied at a cost of $75 million funded by the World Bank and a group of donor nations.

In addition, Israel has agreed to supply 1.5 megawatts of electricity to a desalination plant in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis at a cost of more than $40 million, funded by the European Union.

It is expected the southern Gaza desalination plant will supply half a million residents with some 20,000 cubic meters of water per day. At present, the plant provides a daily supply of 6,000 cubic meters of water.

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