The recent civil conflict which began on 8th July 2014 and continued for 50 days in Gaza resulted in mass destruction to infrastructure in the area, including water plants. Thousands of families in the Gaza Strip have been affected by the impacts of this civil unrest and access to clean water has become very difficult.
In any other circumstance the construction of general water wells would have addressed this issue. However due to groundwater pollution from high levels of chloride the decision was made to develop a long-term solution. This involved building a desalination plant to purify the water as means of overcoming the water shortage.
The construction phase tool approximately 8 months to complete with the agreement to further provide the ongoing maintenance for next two years.
This was a joint project between Muslim Aid Australia, Muslim Charitable Foundation, Al Imdaad Foundation Australia, and the Islamic College Of Brisbane.
Thousands are now benefitting from this SMART water project. Currently, the desalination plant produces approximately 250,000 litres of clean water per day.
The total cost of the project is $230,000.
After the completion of the desalination plant, our donors also helped by purchasing a water truck which is used to transport the clean water to surrounding areas in Gaza. This ensures this much needed resource is well distributed and reaches as many people as possible, inshaAllah.