Friday, February 10, 2012

"Drip, Jordan", Ben Ehrenrich, Harper's Magazine

"West Bank Palestinians consume an average of 50 litres of water per day. Fill your bathtub about a third full and try using that water to drink, cook, and flush your toilet, and to wash yourself, your clothes, your dishes and (if there is any spare) your floors. That’s precisely half the amount the World Health Organization has determined as necessary to guarantee basic health and sanitation, and a quarter the quantity used by the average Israeli. In the poorest and driest parts of the West Bank, the figure drops to ten litres per day, an amount comparable, according to a 2009 World Bank report, “to that of refugee camps in Congo or Sudan.”

Drip, Jordan
Israel’s water war with Palestine
Ben Ehrenreich, Harper’s magazine, December 2011

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