Sewage may contaminate Gaza drinking water

Sewage may contaminate Gaza drinking water

GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IRIN) - With Gaza's sewerage system on the verge of collapse, a top water engineer has warned of the risk of groundwater contamination in the enclave, making clean water scarcer than it already is. Gaza is particularly vulnerable to groundwater contamination since its sandy desert soil easily absorbs water -- or sewage from leaking sewage pipes. Compounding the risk is the fact that groundwater is relatively near the surface, and wells dug to access it tend to be shallow. [Palestine]