World Bulletin / News Desk
Almost 90 percent of sewage from Palestinian towns in the West Bank flows into the environment untreated, contaminating the groundwater and 162 kilometers of streams, according to a report prepared by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority, reported Haaretz.
A lack of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation has impeded solutions to this problem.
The report, prepared for the Environmental Protection Ministry and the Civil Administration in the West Bank, is based on water samples taken from various locales in 2012. It found that some 50 million cubic meters of sewage flow into the environment from Palestinian towns every year. Only 5 million cubic meters go to treatment plants, some of which are substandard.
This affects Israel as well as the West Bank, since the polluted streams flow into Israel.
Jewish settlements also contribute to the problem: 13 percent of their sewage goes into the environment rather than to treatment plants.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2013, 13:33