held on May 31, 2016 a preparatory meeting to define the mechanisms of conducting a research project on “The social and economic impacts of prepaid meters and the influence of intermittent of water supply in the West Bank.”
Teaching faculties, heads and members of village councils and municipalities, in addition to representatives from the private sector attended the meeting.
Maher Abu Madi said that prepaid water meters remain controversial inside Palestine despite the Palestinian Council of Ministers’ decision in 2013 to support the implementation of prepaid residential water meters which will have positive impacts on both the consumer and service provider.
“Through this evidence-based study hopes to contribute to the ongoing dialogue in several ways. It presents a systematic body of research on the opportunities, limits, costs and benefits of different cities in Palestine and the implications of prepaid systems on each city.” Abu Madi explained that the study will be offering a tour of real-life cases in three different Palestinian cities: Tulkarem, Ramallah and Hebron.
“Palestine is actually very rich in water resources, but unequal water distribution is benefiting Israel and Israeli settlers while Palestinians struggle for basic water access. In addition, the Palestinian water sectors are suffering from financial, technical, managerial problems, such as losses, collection efficiency of due water payments, high price of bough water, high operation and maintenance cost and illegal consumption.”
Abu Madi pointed that this analysis aims to convey far more than prepaid meters. He alluded that service providers need to consider the broader system, from technical challenges and management of resources.