Water project implemented in Hebron

TIPH has together with the Hebron Municipality and Gruppo di Volontariato Civile, an Italian NGO, signed an agreement to rehabilitate water cisterns in the Old City of Hebron. The water cisterns form an integral part of the structures of the Ottoman houses, but have not been utilized as cisterns for several decades

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Signing of the documents in the Mayor’s office, from left Michele Pierpaoli, Gruppo di Volontariato Civile, Khalid Osila, Mayor of Hebron and Oddvar Midtkandal, TIPH Head of Mission.

TIPH has together with the Hebron Municipality and Gruppo di Volontariato Civile, an Italian NGO, signed an agreement to rehabilitate water cisterns in the Old City of Hebron. The water cisterns form an integral part of the structures of the Ottoman houses, but have not been utilized as cisterns for several decades.

— This is a project facilitating an improvement of living conditions for the Palestinians in the Old City in Hebron, says TIPH Head of Mission Oddvar Midtkandal. It is in line with the TIPH mandate and I am personally satisfied to see this implemented.

Once finished, the project will ensure more predictable access to water in the summer months. The rehabilitated cisterns will provide for larger storage of water which can be utilized in dry periods.

— Water is a basic human need and I hope that this project will improve the quality of life and fascilitate sustainability in the Old City, adds TIPH project manager Hazel Lian Zimeri.

The extra storage is also located close to the end user and will ensure that the water reaches these safely.