July 22, 2014
A sewage plant built with JICA grant aid has opened in Jericho, Palestine. The Jericho-Jordan Valley Area, which the plant serves, is located in the Great Rift Valley. The topography prevents wastewater generated in urban areas from being discharged to open areas, and it has contaminated the aquifer in the valley. A wastewater treatment system was therefore critical to secure water resources, in light of current and future population growth in Jericho and the surrounding areas. On June 22, Palestinian prime minister Rami Al-Hamdallah presided over the opening of the plant at a ceremony in Jericho, with municipal, Palestinian and JICA officials in attendance. The plant was built under the Jericho Wastewater Collection, Treatment System and Reuse Project, a 2.65 billion yen ($32 million) Japanese government grant aid project. The plant will also treat sewage discharged from the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park, which the Government of Japan and JICA have supported to improve economic conditions in Palestine.
*The contents of this story is a summary of a press release published by the JICA office in Gaza. For the original story, please see below.