Emergency Water Supply and Rehabilitation Programme

Brief Description

Water is scarce in the occupied Palestinian territory and present supplies barely meet the needs of the Palestinian people. Over 13 percent of the population currently does not have access to running water and many of the existing water facilities are dilapidated. Water quality is very poor; only seven percent of the water supplied for domestic use meets World Health Organization standards.

The Emergency Water Supply and Rehabilitation programme aims to improve the quality of life and health conditions through developing and improving water supply services and facilities in both Rafah and Northern Governorates in the Gaza Strip. The project will also serve residents of the poor camps, suburbs and rural areas surrounding the City of Rafah.

  • The project includes the construction and development of water infrastructure projects in two localities in the Gaza Strip:
    Rehabilitate damaged water systems and improve the water supply system in Rafah and Beit Hanoun through dividing the project into five major elements which include construction of trunk line, booster pumps, water tank, water wells and water network.
  • Rehabilitation of damaged water systems and improve the water supply system in Beit Hanoun through designing the water system, construction of two water tanks, trunk line, booster pumps and water network.

Accomplishments and Progress


  • 75,000 people in Tel Al Sultan area have access to good water supply daily at least for 12 hours. The situation before was 6 hours each three days.
  • 70,000 people in Rafah town are receiving good quality of water daily for 12 hours from a distance of 5 Km where the tank is located.
  • More than 10 Km of trunk lines were constructed to connect the new drilled wells outside Rafah to transfer good quality water to the City of Rafah.

Beit Hanoun

  • The 70,000 inhabitants of Beit Hanoun City have access to good quality water service. All the water wells production in Beit Hanoun is collected in the two tanks and distributed in equitable manner to all Beit Hanoun residents.
  • Six water wells are completely rehabilitated (civil works, mechanical and electrical works including changing the pumps), which was reflected in power saving and safety of the operators working in these wells.
  • 10,000 meters of old and new water network is constructed to prevent any contamination from the network.

Finances and Delivery

Donor Amount Contributed Amount Disbursed
Government of Japan   USD 612,106
Donor Amount ontributed Amount Disbursed
Government of Japan   USD 1,114,327
Donor Amount Contributed Amount Disbursed
Government of Japan   USD 648,710
Prior 2011
Donor Amount Contributed Amount Disbursed
Government of Japan USD 5,424,106 USD 269,000
Project Start Date:
June 2010
Estimated End Date:
December 2013
Government of Japan
Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU), Municipality of Beit Hanoun, Gaza Electricity Distribution Company (GEDCO)
Geographic Coverage:
Rafah and Beit Hanoun Governorates - Gaza Strip
Focus Area:
Infrastructure/ Environment
Millennium Development Goal
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Iman Husseini, Programme Specialist Contact: 00970-59-9606775, iman.husseini@undp.org
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