Gaza facing potable water shortage
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation warns of water crisis
The Gaza office of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has released its monthly report, warning of a severe potable water shortage in the Gaza Strip. The document states that the territory is dependent on polluted underground water sources, with 95% of total water not fit for drinking, and 80% containing salt levels in excess of international safety limits.
The report, which also called for donors to supply the territory with desalination facilities and rehabilitated sanitation systems, also warned that fuel shortages at the solitary power station in the Gaza Strip were likely to cause frequent power outages for residents.
The population of the Gaza Strip territory is around 1.7 million, whilst its electricity production of 51,000 kWh is second lowest in the world. The country imported an estimated 193,000kWh in 2011 to meet rising electricity demand.