Title: Wastewater reuse status in the Gaza Strip, Palestine

Authors: Samir Afifi

Addresses: Environmental & Earth Science Department, Islamic University, PO Box 108, Palestinian Authority, Gaza

Abstract: Groundwater is the only significant source of water in the Gaza Strip. Currently, special attention has been paid to improve the water resource situation in the regional level. Reuse of wastewater could be one of the main options to develop the water resource in the region. This strategy will lead to reducing the gap of water deficit between supply and demand. The limited reliable data on existing situation and absence of clearly defined reuse policy for wastewater based on economic and health basis make the reuse of wastewater dream more than a reality in Gaza Strip. The paper provides adequate data on wastewater reuse planning. It evaluates the status of wastewater quality and quantity, treatment faculties and reuse applications. In the same time, the paper gives some regional experiences and recommendations for future management of wastewater reuse.

Keywords: wastewater reuse; water management; Gaza Strip; Palestine; water scarcity; wastewater treatment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2006.010876

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2006 Vol.28 No.1/2, pp.76 - 86

Published online: 11 Sep 2006 *

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