Should We Ask the European Union and UNICEF to Build Us a Desal Plant?

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A dredge works to accelerate coastal erosion near the site of the proposed desal plant

We’ve commented before on how people in other places seem able to build desal plants for only a fraction of the cost of the plants proposed here, and in a fraction of the time. Today’s example comes from the Gaza Strip, where the European Union and UNICEF are teaming up to build a desalination facility capable of meeting the water needs of 75,000 people. The project was launched yesterday and the plant is expected to be operational next year. The cost? $13.7 million. We will be fortunate indeed if we don’t pay more than 30 times that much for our plant.

Read more about the Gaza Strip desal plant here.

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