The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and the Palestinian Water Authority issued a joint statement on water consumption in the country on the occasion of “22 March World Water Day”.
Regarding the water consumption of Israelis, the statement said, “The average daily water consumption of an Israeli exceeds 3 times the amount consumed by a Palestinian person. An Israeli consumes an average of 300 liters of water per day. The consumption of Jewish settlers exceeds 7 times the amount consumed by a Palestinian.” expressions were used.
In the statement, which stated that the average per capita water consumption of Palestinians is below the recommended amount of at least 100 liters per day by the World Health Organization, “This is the result of Israel’s control of more than 85 percent of Palestine’s water resources.” it was said.
21.3 liters of fresh water per capita in Palestine
The following information was given in the statement, which recorded that the water consumption of a Palestinian is 86.3 liters per day:
“Considering the high water pollution rate in the Gaza Strip, if we calculate the amount of water suitable for human use from the available quantities, the amount of fresh water per capita declines to only 21.3 liters per day.”
It was emphasized that 76 percent of the water used by the Palestinians is obtained from underground sources, and that surface water cannot be utilized sufficiently due to Israel’s control over the waters of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea.
“The Israeli occupation has been preventing Palestinians from accessing the waters of the Jordan River since 1967, which is estimated at 250 million cubic meters,” the statement said. statement was included.
Palestinians are forced to buy water from Israeli company
Israel’s actions limit the Palestinians’ natural resources, especially their capacity to use water, and force them to fill the gap by purchasing water from the Israeli water company Mekorot, according to the statement of Palestinian official institutions.
The amount of water purchased from Mekorot for domestic use reached 96.1 million cubic meters in 2021, corresponding to 22 percent of usable water.
The amount of water classified as polluted and unfit for human use accounts for 186.7 million cubic meters of total water available to Palestinians, mostly in the Gaza Strip.
The amount of water suitable for human use, including purchased and desalinated water, amounted to 251.7 million cubic meters.
The total amount of water used by Palestinians was recorded as 438.4 million cubic meters last year.