The construction of a 55 million cubic meters desalination facility (in the first phase) and a distribution system in the Gaza strip will help to address the major water deficit for a population of 2 million.
The “Desalination Facility for the Gaza strip” project is a landmark operation consisting of three integrated projects in the Gaza Strip: the construction of a 55 million cubic meters desalination Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant; a North-South conveyance system; and a Non-Revenue Water reduction project.
The project will help to address the major water deficit for an ever increasing population of currently 2 million people. The large-scale desalination facility is part of a broader Palestinian Water Programme in Gaza which aims at addressing the water crisis in the Gaza Strip, where 95% of the water is not drinkable due to the over-pumping of the Coastal Aquifer, the only available water source in the region.
The project will deliver an essential and concrete response to the needs of 2 million citizens living on the Southern shores of the Mediterranean. The project will also contribute to the reduction of the pollution in the Mediterranean, by preventing the Coastal Aquifer to collapse and to the political stability of the region by tackling the challenge of water scarcity.
The Desalination Facility for the Gaza Strip is a landmark operation consisting of three integrated projects in this territory:
- Construction of a seawater desalination plant with an initial capacity of 55 million m3 and a final objective of an overall capacity of 100 million m3.
- Development of a North-South carrier conveyance system that allows the distribution of freshwater throughout the Gaza Strip and which will also dramatically reduce water losses.
- Implementation of a non-revenue water reduction component to enhance efficiency system-wide and reduce water losses.
The overall operation will foster job creation and future economic and sustainable development in this highly populated region.
Video of the plant
About the promoter and partner institutions
The Project is promoted by the Government of Palestine. The partners are the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank (WB).