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Small Scale Wastewater Treatment Plants: A solution for water management and food security in marginalized areas

Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:54 Written by 
  • Location(s): Palestine
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Water and Sanitation, Water Security
  • SDG(s): 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Locations in the Arab States: Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Water and Sanitation, Water Security
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 6. Clean Water and Sanitation

The solution finds a technological means of solving a wastewater management problem that is generated in the rural marginalized areas due to lack a wastewater collection network and wastewater treatment plants.

The technology manufactured in Palestine offers a smart way for protection of the environment: by transforming the wastewater that poses a threat to the environment into a water resource (a non-conventional water resource) to be reused in restricted irrigation, providing a better management of the water resources.

The solution contributes to:

  • Generating a new water resource that can be reused in restricted irrigation, increasing the agricultural areas and enhancing food security.
  • Solving a substantial part of the problems resulting from the disposed volumes of untreated domestic wastewater, preserving the environment by protecting the ground water and surface from pollution due to disposed wastewater collected in cesspits and other non-environmental wastewater disposal practices.
  • Mitigating and reducing of health problems and risks that result e from poor wastewater disposal practices.
  • The household economy and sustainability by economizing wastewater vacuuming expenses and contributing to increase in home gardens production by providing treated wastewater that can be reused after the adoption of local standard recommendations on wastewater reuse.
  • Providing an alternative solution to the wastewater problem especially in locations where buildings are dispersed and construction of wastewater collection networks is unfeasible.
  • Combating the desertification.

The solution can be transferred and replicated in other countries of the region that are facing the environmental challenges, such as water scarcity and lack of public sewage collection and treatment infrastructure. 

The solution won the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to improve the Living Environment in 2008 and was recognized as one of the top 10 Arab Start-ups Ready for Investment at the 6th Investing Technology Forum in May 2009, Cairo, Egypt.

Partners: the Applied Research Institute -Jerusalem (ARIJ), the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP ).

Contact details: 
Address: The Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem Society (ARIJ) 
P.O. Box 860, Karm Mu'ammar, Karkafeh St,Bethlehem, Palestine.
Fahd Abu Saymeh,Financial & Administrative Director 
Tel: +970-274-1889
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Elias AbuMohor , Engineer
Tel: +970-274-1889
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