Monday, June 05, 2023

Huge wastewater treatment plants have been built, and are being built, in Gaza. Have you heard about them?

This is the Sheikh Ajleen wastewater treatment plant  which serves approximately one third of all Gazans.

It treats 75,000 cubic meters per day and its solar array not only ensures that it will remain operative without relying on unreliable Gaza electricity but it also sends much of its generated electricity into the Gaza power grid to help everyone.

And it isn't the only one. The Gaza Central WWTP is currently treating 60,000 cubic meters of water a day with plans to expand to triple that number - and to provide 8500 MWh of electricity.  The Bureij WWTP also currently treats 60,000 cubic meters of water a day and plans to double that number. 

Remember how Gaza was supposed to be uninhabitable by 2020? People still talk as if it is. But there is drinkable water in Gaza thanks to these plants - which somehow got built despite the "Israeli siege" of Gaza. 

I follow Gaza pretty closely, and do not recall any articles about these wastewater treatment plants except in passing. The reasons are obvious: if people know about them, then Gaza is not in "crisis" as everyone pretends, and the world's attention would go to real crises. There are a lot of people, both Palestinians and the entire NGO network, which do not want that to happen. 

This video is instructive. It shows a young man who left Gaza and he explains why - no jobs, no future. But he says clearly in the beginning of the video that no one leaves Gaza because of a lack of food or water - there is plenty to go around.

This is the news that you are not reading in the New York Times or seeing on CNN.

Why do Gazans really leave Gaza?
A young man who left Gaza answers frankly.
English translation.
Many thanks to the wonderful @MoranT555 for her invaluable contribution to the translation. #TheGazaYouDontSee #leavingGaza 2

— Imshin (@imshin) June 4, 2023

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