Contaminated water in the Gaza Strip continues to pose a host of problems for the 1.8 million people squeezed into the tiny Palestinian territory. Gaza’s only natural water source is polluted by salty seawater, fertilizers, and sewage. Only 5-10 percent of the groundwater is fit for human consumption.
The poor in Gaza have the least access to clean water. Many have no choice but to drink the tainted water. The results are a wide range of health problems, including kidney damage. A CAM staff member based in Jerusalem wrote, “On my last visit to Gaza, our contact told us how people get sick from eating watermelon because farmers use gray water to water the plants.”
Through the Water-for-the-World program, CAM provides water filter systems for people whose health is affected by polluted water. These systems hook into the existing water line and filter the water, making it fit to drink.
“Several months ago we visited a family in a poor area of Gaza City that received a filter system from CAM,” our staff member said. “Mahmoud* suffers from kidney damage as a result of drinking contaminated water. He is also nearly blind. I know the filters make a huge difference in the health and quality of life for these people.”
*Name changed to protect identity.
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