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Press release: Gaza Central Waste Water Treatment Plant put into operation

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30.04.2021 - Pressemitteilung

After years of planning and construction, The Gaza Central Treatment Plant was put into
operation on 28 April 2021 - wastewater from eleven communities with one million inhabitants
will be disposed of in a regulated manner in the future.

In the presence of Minister Mazen Ghunaim, Head of Palestine Water Authority, and Christian
Clages, Head of the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ramallah, the
Gaza Central Waste Water Treatment Plant has been put into operation on 28 April 2021. The
event was also attended by Dr. Maged Abu Ramadan, Chairman of Coastal Municipality Water
Utility (CMWU), and David Kunze, Director of KfW German Development Bank.

The construction of the new Gaza Central Treatment Plant and the reconstruction of the existing
Sheik Ajleen Treatment Plant were financed by the German Government through KfW
Development Bank with a grant of 85 Mio. Euro – making it the biggest development project
financed by Germany in the Gaza Strip. The new plant treats wastewater from eleven
communities with around one million inhabitants and, thereby, significantly improves resource
protection and thus the conditions for a proper water supply and reduces health risks of the local
population as well as pollution on land and sea.

Clages said after the opening:

„I am very happy to put the Gaza Central Treatment Plant into operation jointly with our Palestinian partners. Untreated water affects everyone living in Gaza and along the coast.

Already in the trial phase the new plant has considerably improved the water quality in the Wadi and the sea. Germany will continue its efforts as a reliable developmental partner for the Gazaens to ease their long lasting plight.“

In addition to water, electricity is scarce in Gaza. Against that background, the Gaza Central
Treatment Plant is energy self-sufficient. This is made possible by a biogas and a solar plant
which were built on the site. In the future, these plants can produce more electricity than the
whole complex consumes itself, and thus also provide electricity for some households in Gaza.
Despite difficult circumstances, the construction of this sophisticated infrastructure could be
completed within four years only – a great success for the local project executing agency
„Coastal Municipalities Water Utility“ as well as all stakeholders and companies that have been
involved in the planning and construction steps.

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