Five Facts About Water in Gaza
Over 90% of water in Gaza is not safe for drinking.
Every day, over 90 million litres of raw or partially treated sewage from Gaza flow into the Mediterranean Sea.
Contaminated water is responsible for 26% of all disease in Gaza and 50% of Gaza’s children suffer from water-related parasitic infections.
An estimated 1.2 million Palestinians in Gaza, or two thirds of the population, have no running water as a direct result of the 2014 conflict with Israel.
The UN estimates the damage to water and sanitation networks following the 2014 conflict at $31 million.
The situation is serious. If no action is taken, the Gaza Strip could face an environmental catastrophe. According to the United Nations, if measures are not taken immediately, Gaza could run out of fresh water by 2016.