Israel/OPT: Israeli water company Mekorot blamed for severe water shortages in the West Bank

Author: Eloise Bollack, Aljazeera, Published on: 7 November 2016

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Enas Taha, a resident of the Palestinian village of Kafr al-Deek in the occupied West Bank, has become desperate. "Since the [water] crisis started in June, the municipality has been able to supply water for only one hour twice a week," Taha told Al Jazeera … Many West Bank communities are facing similar problems, amid an acute water shortage that has lasted for months. In the Salfit, Jenin and Hebron governorates, some villages have gone as long as 40 days in a row without running water…

Israel implements a policy of water cuts each summer, but this year, it reached an unprecedented peak. In early June, Israeli water company Mekorot informed the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) of summertime supply cuts totalling more than 50 percent - and the cuts, while not as dramatic, remain in effect today, more than a month after the official end of summer … Israeli officials have stated that…Israel provides 64 million cubic metres of water to the Palestinians annually, even though it is only obliged to provide 30 million under the Oslo accords.

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