Settlement wastewater pumped in valleys, plains in Salfit district

12:00 Dec 9 2013 al-Matwi valley, Salfit district

SALFIT (Ma’an) – Settlers in illegal settlements in the central West Bank area have started to pump untreated wastewater into the valleys and plains near Palestinian villages in Salfit district, a local researcher said Monday.

Khalid Maali told Ma’an that settlers took advantage of stormy weather to pump their sewage which mixed with rain water.

Ariel settlement, he said, has pumped untreated wastewater into al-Matwi valley in Salfit district contaminating rainwater which flowed into Palestinian lands.

He highlighted that sewage would eventually pollute ground water and springs in the area. Farmers, he added, “are talking about a river-like flow of water in al-Matwi valley.”
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