Israel invests NIS 1.5 million to collect Palestinian olive mill wastewater

More than NIS 1.5 million ($465,500) has been invested over the past year to collect some 8,300 cubic meters of olive mill wastewater for treatment, from around 37 Palestinian olive presses in the West Bank, the Civil Administration has reported.

This is 40 percent more than was collected during a pilot project last year, and will stop the wastewater, which is full of contaminants, from blocking sewage facilities and polluting the a-Shaer and Alexander streams, which run into Israel, as well as the shoreline at Beit Yannai, on the northern Mediterranean coast.

The treated wastewater was used as a fertilizer for agricultural fields.

The Civil Administration is an Israel Defense Ministry body that forms part of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit that regulates much of the daily life in the West Bank.

Sue Surkes