Contribution to the Government of Palestine’s COVID-19 Response Plan for Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Conditions in the Gaza Strip and West Bank

Contract partner: PWA - Palestinian Water AuthorityCountry: Palästinensische Gebiete Funding amount: € 350.000,00Project start: 01.07.2020End: 31.03.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

To contribute to preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt) through

Maintained supply of safe water and waste water services to the population in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including Area C, during the period of severely reduced collection of water fees caused by the COVID 19 crisis.

Expected results

The operation of 3 Short-Term Low-Volume (STLV) desalination plants in the Gaza Strip, 1 waste water treatment plant in the West Bank, and 39 water wells in the West Bank is continued.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Whole Palestinian population: 4.98 million people, of which 2.53 million are males and 2.45 million are females, namely in the

West Bank, including Area C: 2.99 million, of which 1.53 million are males and 1.46 million are females and in the

Gaza Strip: 1.99 million of which 1.01 million are males and 0.98 million are females


1. Supply powdered Chlorine to the West Bank Water Department (WBWD) for water disinfection.

2. Supply chlorine dosing pumps to the PWA in the West Bank.

3. Supply Polymers Materials to the West Nablus Waste Water Treatment Plant.

4. Supply spare parts for the water networks in the West Bank.

5. Supply electrical fittings the for bulk water pumping stations in the West Bank.

6. Supply material for emergency water filling points for Area C.

7. Supply chemicals for the water and waste water facilities in the Gaza Strip.

8. Supply diesel fuel for the water facilities in the Gaza Strip.


Due to the precarious situation of the Palestinian health system operating in a restrictive environment and under a permanent occupation, it is paramount to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt).

As of 17 July 2020, there were 8,616 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, according to the WHO. This comes at a time of which the health and water and wastewater systems are already strained in relation to growing local demand in line with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, this is a period of severely reduced collection of water fees caused by the COVID 19 crisis, which results in a situation where there is imminent danger that water supply and sewerage services cannot be maintained any more.

Palestine’s COVID-19 Response Plan wants to achieve suppression and containment of the virus. The approaches are designed to protect Palestinian citizens (particularly the most vulnerable) from COVID-19 infection while also mitigating the stress on the already strained health care system.

For that it is crucial - more than ever - that in the oPt there is a functioning and safe water supply. ADA's contribution helps to achieve and maintain this.

project number2560-00/2020
source of fundingOEZA
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modalityBasket funds/pooled funding
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