Israeli company cuts off water for northern West Bank cities

PNN/ Nablus/

The Mekorot Israeli water company on Wednesday has cut the water supply to some areas in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) said.

The Palestinian authority said that water supplies northern Nablus were mostly impacted after the move. The PA added that it is working to reconnect the empty water pipes with another source of water.

The PWA has contacted Mekorot, but did not receive a response yet, Press TV said.

Before it was cut off, the water supplied some 4,000 people in the West Bank.

Last week, dozens of Palestinian residents of the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum staged a sit-in to protest the move by Mekorot to cut off its supplies to the village.

Tel Aviv on Monday claimed that Mekorot had decided to adjust water supplies in the northern West Bank due to increased consumption, Israeli media reported.

The water distribution in Palestine is controlled by the Israeli occupation.

According to the Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), Israeli settlers enjoy about 300 liters of water per day, while the West Bank average is around 70 liters, which is below the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum of 100 liters per day for basic sanitation, hygiene and drinking.