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QRCS constructs new district sewage system in southern Gaza area

QRCS constructs new district sewage system in southern Gaza area

Tribune News Network
Doha
Adel Al-Zaanoun, a resident of Gaza, stood in front of his home to watch the workers laying sewage pipelines in his district, waiting for his home to be connected to a new network that would put an end to many years of suffering.
“It’s been a tragedy over the last decade,” said Al-Zaanoun.
“There was no infrastructure in my neighbourhood at all. The soak pits are hazardous to the population, with their pollution and a constantly bad smell.”
Supported by the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) for the benefit of 70,000 people living in southern Gaza City, this activity is part of a project to build a sewage system in Gaza. It involved laying 7-km wastewater collection and drainage pipelines with a diametre of 6-16 inches.
The $400,000 project is located in the vicinity of the Gaza PS11 wastewater pumping station.
Regarding the importance of the project to the public, Eng. Khalil Mohamed Shaqra, Manager of Coordination and Supervision Department of the Gaza Municipality, said it would reduce the pollution and environmental impact of the soak pits dug by the community, which made things worse during the winter.
As soak pits mushroomed, he said, in spite of the lack of financial resources to renovate local infrastructure, municipal staff have made a great deal of effort to solve this problem.
“As a result of the new QRCS project, we will be able to regulate the wastewater discharge in the area and the connection to the PS11 station, inaugurated by QRCS in 2015. This way, we can minimize the environmental risks caused by septic tanks and stop pumping untreated sewage into the sea,” Eng. Shaqra added.

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