“Come forward, park on the right. The water tank is on that side.”
Tareq Yazji shows the tanker driver where to stop. The man stops the vehicle and with quick gestures extends a tube and hangs it to the home’s water tank. Behind it, Tarek’s children are getting ready to fill up three big canisters.
“It has been like that for years,” the man explains to us. “We have no drinking water, and we must be supplied with the tankers. The bombings [from the 2014 Gaza War] have worsened the situation. In this area, between Nusseirat and Khan Yunis, the authorities haven’t been able yet to fully repair the water supply system. In any case,” he adds, “what comes out of the taps can be only used to wash, not for drinking.”
Like most Palestinians in Gaza, Tareq, his wife and children, drink filtered water. About 85 percent of the Strip’s inhabitants depend on the 150 private installations filtering Gaza’s too salty water and making it drinkable or, to put it better, “almost” drinkable. Recent studies carried out by NGOs operating in Gaza have highlighted the fact that 46 percent of the water filtered is impure because of microorganisms present in the tankers and another 20 percent because of the tanks used by families are old and in bad condition. What remains shows other impurities.