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|Title||Environmental Assessment North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment Plant Project|
1. The Beit Lahia Wastewater Treatment Plant (BLWWTP) was constructed in 1976 in the northern part of Gaza Strip at the outskirts of Beit Lahia town. 2. The system was designed as a secondary treatment plant with a capacity of 5,000 m3/per day and to serve a population of 50,000 in the municipality of Jabalia. During the original design phase of the plant the idea was to use the effluent, of the treatment plant for irrigation of the neighboring agricultural areas. This idea, however was never realized. Conveying the BLWWTP effluent to the sea was also considered (including preparation of tender documents) but the riparians (Isreali authorities) would accept a sea outfall only in an emergency situation and not as a permanent solution. As a result, the treated effluent was simply let out into the sand dunes at the western side of the plant. In the first few years of operations this practice did not cause problems because the effluent quality was good and the sandy soil was able to handle the volume of effluent through natural infiltration.
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