Israeli water company cuts supply to West Bank villages

13 Aug

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A worker at a water filtration plant operated by Israeli water company Mekorot (file photo)

 Ma’an News Agency report, Ramallah, West Bank. 12 August 2015

Israeli water company Mekorot on Wednesday cut off supplies to areas of the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Water Authority said.

The PA-body said water supplies north of Nablus were disconnected, with PA crews working to reconnect residents.

The PWA has contacted the Israeli company but is yet to receive a response. It is unclear how many people have been affected by the move.

Last week, dozens of Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum staged a sit-in to protest the Israeli national water company cutting off its supply to the village.

Hamzeh Jumaa, the head of the village council, told Ma’an that the Israeli water company Mekorot cut off its supply on Aug. 2.

He said that the water supplies some 4,000 people living in Kafr Qaddum in Qalqiliya, which he highlighted was an agricultural village.

Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said Monday that Mekorot had decided to adjust water supplies in the northern West Bank due to increased consumption, Israeli media reported, leaving residents of the Salfit villages of Qarawat Bani Hassan, Biddya, and Sarta without running water.

Israelis, including settlers, have access to 300 liters of water per day, according to EWASH, while the West Bank average is around 70 liters, below the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum of 100 liters per day for basic sanitation, hygiene and drinking.

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