GAZA CITY (AFP) – Water in the is so salty that it is unfit for human consumption, a Palestinian official in charge of water supplies inside the besieged coastal territory said on Saturday.
"The water is no longer fit for human consumption, with analysis and international studies showing that just 10 percent of water in the Gaza Strip is usable... threatening the lives of Palestinians," Munzir Shiblak warned.
He called in a statement for "the necessary measures to be taken to end the problem of salinity in Gaza water supplies, a problem that is getting worse."
Shiblak called the water situation "critical."
He said the amount taken from underground aquifers last year to supply 1.5 million people with cubic metres, but that natural replenishment was 80-90 million cubic metres.and for agriculture was 160 million