In Gaza, the drinking water tastes like seawater. Years of neglect and poor management, due in large part to recurring conflicts, has led to the steady depletion of Gaza’s natural aquifer. The empty aquifer has been invaded by seawater and, alarming for public health, untreated sewage.
A vicious cycle
The region’s policy-makers, practitioners, and researcher must focus attention on water’s role as a risk factor in fragile systems, and adopt the policies that convert the management and allocation of water resources into a force that binds societies together.Anders Jagerskog