July 10, 2014
On June 22, 2014, Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al-Hamdallah opened the sewage plant in Jericho with attendance of legislative Council member Dr. Saeb Erekat, Minister of the Water Authority Dr. Shaddad Attili, Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Eng. Majid Fityani, Mayor of Jericho Mr. Mohammed Galaytah and Ambassador For The Palestinian Affairs, Mr. Junya Matsuura and Chief Representative JICA Palestine Office Mr. Izumi Tanaka.
This work has been conducted under the "Jericho Wastewater Collection, Treatment System and Reuse Project" in 2008. It was accepted in February 2011 by the Japanese Government as a Grant Aid Project in the amount of JPY 2,650,000,000.( $ 32 million)
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al-Hamdallah said that this project will contribute to solve the problem of the wastewater in Jericho and to increase the quantity of the water for agriculture. Dr. Al-Hamdallah said that the treatment plant in Jericho is considered one of the major projects in the water sector and good step for response to the people needs for the water. In addition to that, Dr. Al-Hamdallah thanked the Government and the people of Japan for their support to the Palestinian people especially in Jordan Valley area.
The Jericho Jordan Valley Area is located in the world famous Great Rift Valley. The wastewater generated in urban areas is unable to discharge to open area due to the topographic conditions, and contaminated aquifer in the valley. Considering the current and future growth of the population in Jericho and surrounding areas, wastewater treatment system to secure the water resource is crucial.
Based on the circumstances, the project constructed wastewater treatment plant with capacity of 9600 m3 per day and installed trunk sewer line as collection system up to around 30,000 m to treat the wastewater generated at the Jericho Municipality and surrounding areas and to promote re-use of treated wastewater in the area where water source is quite limited.
The truck lines has the capacity to transfer wastewater flow from the surrounded communities and the WWTP has the capacity to treat the load from Jericho city and the surrounded communities including the indusial zone as well.
In parallel, JICA has been implemented capacity building project to establish a suitable system for operation and management of the sewage works for the constructed system at Jericho Municipality.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant will also treat the sewage discharged from the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park, which the Government of Japan and JICA have supported to contributing to improve the economic condition in Palestine under the initiative of Corridor for Peace and Prosperity.