Palestinian Community Infrastructure Development Program (PCID)
Water in the West Bank and Gaza is extremely scarce, a situation compounded by the Israeli occupation and blockade and the evolving impacts of climate change. Pollution caused by raw sewage and rising seawater infiltration makes 90 percent of Gaza’s water unfit for human consumption. Nearly 10% of Palestinian communities in the West Bank remain without access to piped potable water systems. To meet their minimum water needs, Palestinians are forced to rely on unsanitary water purchased from unregulated tanker trucks at significant expense.
The status of the sanitation sector presents cause for alarm, as most wastewater generated by Palestinians is either discharged into leaking septic tanks and unregulated cesspits, or is allowed to flow directly into dry river beds, causing local health problems. These practices also increase the potential of widespread contamination of the water supply on which both Israelis and Palestinians rely. An additional area of concern is the continuing deterioration of existing infrastructure in the health, education, and transportation sectors.
From 2013 to 2018, ANERA is implementing the USAID-funded Palestinian Community Infrastructure Development Program (PCID) to increase Palestinians’ access to water and sanitation. The program focuses on responding rapidly to urgent water and sanitation needs and addressing underlying infrastructure needs in the health, democracy and governance, and education sectors. PCID is expected to accomplish the following:
- Enable approximately 60 Palestinian communities to have increased access to new and/or improved potable water supplies
- Enable more than 20 Palestinian communities to have access to improved sanitation systems
- With Palestinian Authority ministries and local community leaders, implement 50+ infrastructure projects in health, education, youth, and other sectors
How it Works
ANERA is responding rapidly to urgent water, sanitation and other public infrastructure needs. We are constructing new water and sanitation networks and renovating existing ones to provide communities with new water connections, improve the reliability of water delivery, reduce water losses from deteriorating infrastructure, and reduce the potential of long-term contamination of water aquifers. ANERA is also constructing and renovating health facilities, schools, and youth centers as well as implementing other community infrastructure projects such as parks, libraries, and sidewalks.