Israeli water company Mekorot on Thursday cut water supplies to some areas in the northern West Bank without prior notice, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) said. PWA also said in a press statement that the northern towns of the West Bank especially in Salfit and Jenin were mostly impacted after the move by Mekorot. The Authority denounced the Israeli company’s move especially that it came during the holy month of Ramadan.
The PWA said it is working to contact Mekorot, but is yet to receive a response. Salfit Municipality has warned of a water crisis in Salfit after Mekorot’s decision to decrease 60% of water supplies allocated for the city.
The Municipality called on local residents to decrease water use. Israelis, including settlers, have access to 300 liters of water per day, according to the Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), while the West Bank average is around 70 liters, below the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum of 100 liters per day for basic sanitation, hygiene and drinking.