American firm Eaton to work on water plant in Gaza, Palestine

American firm Eaton to work on water plant in Gaza, Palestine
Eaton will work on a water project in Gaza [representational image].
Published: 14 April 2019 - 6:45 a.m.
By: Jack Ball

American power management firm Eaton has won a contract to provide power distribution and industrial control systems for a planned waste treatment plant in Gaza, Palestine.

In a statement, the group said it will provide complete xEnergy LV Systems, power distribution components, and industrial control systems for Khan Younis Water Treatment Plant, alongside “key local partner”, Jordan's Sam Engineering.

The project aims to provide more than nine million cubic metres of treated wastewater, which will be recharged annually into a local purifier, providing residents of Khan Younis access to cleaner water for agricultural purposes.

The plant's construction will be funded through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“This is a very important project that has been established in Gaza which gives will provide adequate and clean water,” said Ashraf Yehia, managing director for Eaton Middle East.

According to Roberto Valent of the UNDP, many in Gaza “face acute water shortages on a daily basis”, with 97% of the region’s water not meeting the World Health Organisation’s quality standards because of sewage infiltration into the sole fresh water source.

Valent added: “UNDP, along with its partners the Government of Japan, and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development through the Islamic Development Bank, have fully embraced and supported this project, recognising that its impact that will go beyond serving and improving the lives of over 360,000 people in Gaza and generating around 40,000 working days for unemployed Palestinians”.

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