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Nablus: PWA and EU complete self-contained water network to serve village residents

July 2, 2009 5:39 P.M. (Updated: July 2, 2009 5:39 P.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Two northern West Bank towns were connected to new and expanded local water systems, significantly reducing the threat of drought and crop failure with the help of the Palestinian Water Authority and a grant from the EU.

The Nablus district towns of Beit Furik and Beit Dajan now offer municipal water services to residents, bringing the total number of West Bank residential areas having independent water services to 180, PWA officials said.

The residents used to rely on water being transferred to the town system by Israeli water companies, and service was often interrupted by checkpoint closures. Residents were only allowed ten water tankers per day for all the needs of both towns.

The PWA and the Red Cross began talks in 2007 around building a main water line to connect the residents to two water storage wells of 3100 and 3500 cubic meters. The total cost of the EU funded project was 11 million shekels (2.84million US dollars).

Similar projects are currently being considered in villages near Salfit, Nablus, Tulkarem and Jenin. The PWA is seeking assistance from donor countries to finance the projects.

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