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EcoPeace Middle East response to the Gaza sewage crisis

The once-scenic coastline of the Gaza Strip has been decimated by millions of gallons of untreated sewage streaming into the Mediterranean. This sewage has not only contaminated once-flourishing fishing areas but also has leaked into the Coastal Aquifer, polluting it with nitrates. The acquifer, which supplies Gaza’s 1.8 million residents with 95 per cent of their water, is being over-exploited, with water extracted at a rate of more than three times the renewable supply. This has allowed seawater to infiltrate the aquifer and the salinity levels have risen well beyond the World Health Organisation guidelines for safe drinking water.