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Fayyad signs agreement with World Bank for Gaza water improvements
Published Thursday 27/12/2012 (updated) 29/12/2012 16:37
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Mariam Sherman, the director of the World Bank in Palestine, signed on Thursday an agreement of rehabilitation for the Gaza Strip.

This agreement is to finance and focus on expanding the water supply and sewage in the Gaza Strip.

The agreement also includes technical and operational assistance to the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility in order to enable them to provide water services and sanitation as fully as possible.

Shadad al-Atili, the head of the water authority, explained that the demand on water increased due to the increasing population.

The level of the groundwater decreased 13 meters in some areas because the amounts of water that are withdrawn from the underground reservoirs are not satisfactory.

Also, the salinity of the groundwater increased as it interacted with sea water. In addition, there is high concentration of pollutants in some areas due to the excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides.

Majed Abu Ramada, the chairman of the coastal water authority, praised the support of the World Bank and said water sanitation and infrastructure in Gaza needed improvements.
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1 ) Door Jelsma / Netherlands
28/12/2012 12:23
I sincerely hope the conditions are considered carefully by the authorities. If this support by the World Bank is in fact a huge loan, with the obligation to privatize drinking water facilities, leading up to loss of control by the local government and rising prices for drinking water, then the price of this support could turn out to be high.

2 ) Azzi from / Gazzi
30/12/2012 21:03
World Bank $$ won't go to pay for more munitions and armaments from Iran to pursue the goals of The Covenant of Hamas -- 'The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished ... movement, whose allegiance is to Allah, & whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.' (Art. 6). 'Israel will exist & will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it (Preamble).
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