Problem: Families in the West Bank do not have access to water in the ground beneath them.

There is conflict between Isrealies and Palastinians because Palastinians don't get enough of the water that the Isreali do. An average Isreali gets more water then an average Palastinian family.

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-To help relieve the water shortage that has struck much of the West Bank this summer, Israel will send the Palestinians several large tanks of water, which will be positioned in areas where currently there is no running water.

-Less water is given to the Palestinians.

-West Bank Palestinians are suffering a serious water shortage this year as a severe drought has exacerbated already existing supply problems -many Palestinians have been going without water for hours, and sometimes days at a time, because of a reduced supply as a regional drought enters its fifth year.

-Israel controls some 90 percent of water sources in the West Bank.

-Most Palestinians have already used up water they conserve from rainfall in large rooftop barrel.
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-Current Population(Isrealies/Palestinians)

-There are over 350,000 Isreali settlers living in the West Bank.



-As well as around 210,000 living in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.
-The region did not have a separate existence until 1948–1949
-Palastinian Population in the West Bank was 2,345,000, including East Jersalem.

River

-The relationship among the Jordan River basin riparians is complicated by the fact that many of the boundaries of these countries resemble a difficult jigsaw puzzle, which cuts across the sources of the water system.

-The Jordan River basin is formed by two rivers -- the Jordan and the Yarmouk.

-Jordan, which runs from north to south, has as its source three spring-fed streams: the

-Hasbani (in Hebrew, Nahal Senir) begins in Syria with a small part of its watershed in

-Lebanon, the Banyas (Nahal Hermon) begins in Syria, and the Dan (Nahal Liddani) begins in Israel.


Watershed-
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-The Cenomanian-Turonian Mountain Aquifer system from the West Bank is by far the most important source of water in this area. The aquifer system is highly permeable due to its geological nature.

-The width of the aquifer varies from 3-10 km in the north to about 20 km in the south, where it constitutes the chief resource of water for Gaza.

-Yarkon-Tanninim Aquifer- This supplies Israel with about 340 million cubic meters of water annually, and Palestinians use about 20 million cubic meters a year.

-The Israel-Palestine Aquifers are supplied by numerous ground- and surface- water sources from throughout the region.

-In the Palestinian territories, water is a precious natural resource and its relative scarcity is a major concern. The majority of the water resources are being shared with more than once country; it is also becoming scarce.

-Solutions: They include treating the waste water of Palestine towns and villages and reusing for agriculture. Thereby making more fresh water available for domestic consumers.
-The waste water can be used to water plants and other nature related things. Which means they get to save fresh water and not use it for anything else.

CA- Though this problem seems to be easy to fix; the country does not have money to open up new waterways in order to get fresh water. If they had the money by now they would get the freshwater they need. The West Bank is a very poor country and they can't afford to spend money on problems that deal with the country.



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- This map shows the water basin areas in the West Bank.


Wells:

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-The major water resources in the West Bank consist of groundwater and springs, while additional sources include rainwater harvesting. There are 40 municipal wells in the West Bank that are being used by the Palestinians.


Unexpectancy at birth
total population: 73.46 years male: 71.68 years female: 75.35 years (2007 est.)


Gross Domestic Product, Palestinian Territories



$4.02 Billion US dollars at current prices - 2005
Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators
Literacy
age 15 and over can read and write total population: 91.9% male: 96.3% female: 87.4% (2003 est.)


National Average Per Capita Income using Atlas method
West Bank and Gaza 1,110 Per Capita Income in US$
Climate—temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild







Works Cited:

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Archive/Articles/1998/ISRAEL%20TO%20EASE%20WEST%20BANK%20WATER%20SHORTAGE%20-%2024-Aug-9
http://www.success-and-culture.net/articles/percapitaincome.shtml
http://www.gonzagajil.org/pdf/volume1/Hudes/Hudes.pdf
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-2009-08-01-voa12-68658112.html
http://mapsomething.com/demo/waterusage/hydrology.php
http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=MzI4MDY4MDY1