Infrastructure Needs Program (INP), West Bank

Improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by repairing and constructing key roads, schools and water systems.

Infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza suffers from years of neglect and lack of investment; IRD is improving the lives of Palestinians by repairing and constructing key roads, schools, and water systems. Additionally, IRD is improving the Palestinian economy and strengthening the foundation of Palestine through its numerous infrastructure construction and rehabilitation projects. The USAID-funded Infrastructure Needs Program II (INP II) focuses on large-scale infrastructural projects including rehabilitating road networks, building major water facilities, constructing water distributing systems, developing wastewater facilities, and constructing schools and other infrastructure. Through the program, IRD and other implementing partners construct and rehabilitate critical infrastructure that promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for Palestinians in the West Bank.

IRD has constructed three schools in the district of Hebron, serving more than 2,100 students, teachers, and administrative staff.

IRD and its partners have completed 45 road construction and rehabilitation projects with a combined length of 164 miles. These projects serve countless communities and an estimated two million beneficiaries throughout the West Bank. In Bureen, IRD constructed a water system that included transmission mains, a distribution network, a 130,000-gallon storage reservoir and equivalent-sized balancing tank, and a booster pump station. A second water project involved drilling and constructing four deep-water production wells. The wells are approximately 3,000 feet deep with productivity of 25,000 gallons per hour. Additionally, IRD procured, lined, coated, and delivered 120 miles of water pipes, which are used by the Palestinian Water Authority for water distribution networks in various Palestinian communities, benefitting an estimated 100,000 Palestinians.

Moreover, IRD completed another three water task orders as follows:

The first completed task was the creation of a substation facility and an 8.6 mile water transmission pipeline between the towns of Al Jaba’ and Nuba that benefitted 59,335 people. The capacity of the added substation facility is 1,207,239.86 gallons per day and the total cumulative employment generated under this task order was 9,433 person days.

IRD managed the construction of three 500,000-liter reservoirs in Asira Al-Qibliya, Madama and Urif villages. In these same villages, IRD installed a six mile transmission pipeline from an existing reservoir in Burin, placed 28 miles of distribution networks, and rehabilitated 19.9 miles of internal roads to enhance road safety and reduce travel time. IRD also installed 1,482 water meters in the three villages to assist the Palestinian Water Authority in collecting fees for the water services provided and ensure the project’s sustainability. The project generated more than 19,000 days of employment for Palestinians.

The third completed water task order was the rehabilitation of three wells in Jenin District; the objective of this task order was to rehabilitate, upgrade and improve water supply for the three wells. Tasks included well logging and testing, improving well yield, replacing and repairing equipment, and constructing new well site facilities. The total cumulative employment generated under this task order was 17,918 person days.