The project entails promotion of sustainable industrial water management in Palestine by developing practical applications of innovative integrated wastewater management systems. This will be accomplished by an integrated applied approach covering environmental auditing, cleaner production, wastewater analysis and installment of innovative pre-treatment pilots. To date, heavy industrial polluters (Nablus, Hebron and Gaza), located in different Mediterranean watersheds are selected as planned and individual project partners are carrying their assigned tasks. Through several workshops, the project will also organize debate and awareness raising campaigns for the industrial sector and the general public. For this reporting period, the following activities [A] are performed.
A1: Desk study on governance analysis of industrial WWM
BZU is the lead partner, where other project partners have made respective input. BZU has formed technical and steering committes from local stakholders and held a workshop where the project is introduced and the workplan has been discussed. A critical analysis of local water and environmental laws, policies, regulations and startegies collected from the Palestinian Water Authority, Environmental Quality Authority, Ministry of National Trade and Commerce, as well as the Palestinina Institute for Standards has been made are collected. Few M.Sc. thesis works are also compiled with summaries. Published literature from international scholar journals related to industrial management, governance and treatment is compiled and analyzed. The project partners identified diverse potential challenges regarding regulation enforcement measures and developing improvement framework, where the final report on governance analysis of the industrial wastewater management is expected to deliver by the end of January 2018. The project leader of BZU has paid a short research visit to The Netherlands, met project partner of IHE and one Dutch expert [private sector], and explored the potential of expertise and knowledge of the Dutch experience in applications of cleaner production and life cycle analysis in selective industrial firms. The project leader shall install the software SimaPro, which will be utilized in building capacity and training workshops during the future activities, a questionnaire is ready to distribute for data collection regarding water governance within the industrial sector.
A2: Field study on Industrial Pollution Inventory (Wadi Zaimer)
Few M.Sc. thesis works are also compiled with summaries. Published literature from international scholar journals related to industrial management, governance and treatment is compiled. Interviews with several industrial enterprises along the Wadi Zaimer catchment area has been performed, where production processes and pollution impacts are estimated. The relevant industrial characteristics are collected from available reports. Other efforrts are made by the individual partners regarding industrial wastewater volumes and quality in Hebron and Gaza city. Hence, Activity [A3] is minimally impacted by the late start of individual activities [A2].
A3-A6 are ongoing activities as planned.