Improving the lives 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. To counter these issues, Blumont Engineering Solutions (BES) is improving the lives of Palestinians by repairing and constructing key roads, schools and water systems. Additionally, BES is improving the Palestinian economy and strengthening the foundation of Palestine through its numerous infrastructure construction and rehabilitation projects. The USAID-funded Mission Infrastructure Needs Program (INP) 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 an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, USAID and BES construct and rehabilitate critical infrastructure that promotes economic growth and improves the quality of life for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
BES has constructed three schools in the district of Hebron, serving more than 2,100 students, teachers and administrative staff.
BES 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, BES 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 included drilling and constructing four deep-water production wells. The wells are approximately 3,000 feet deep, with a productivity of 25,000 gallons per hour. Additionally, BES 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, benefiting an estimated 100,000 Palestinians.
Moreover, BES completed another three water task orders as follows:
- An 8.6-mile water transmission pipeline between Al Jaba’ and Nuba towns, benefitting a total of 59,335 persons. The capacity (volume of pumped water) of the added facility/new substation is 1,207,239.86 gallons per day. This Task Order generated a cumulative 9,433 days of employment for Palestinians.
- BES managed the construction of three 500,000-liter reservoirs in Asira Al-Qibliya, Madama and Urif villages, installed a 6-mile transmission pipeline from an existing reservoir in Burin, placed 28 miles of distribution networks in the three villages, a 7.7-mile distribution network in Zawieh village and rehabilitated 19.9 miles of internal roads in the three villages to enhance road safety and reduce travel time. BES also installed 1,482 water meters in the villages to assist the Palestinian Water Authority to collect fees for the water services provided and ensure the project’s sustainability. The project generated a cumulative of more than 19,000 days of employment for Palestinians.
- The third completed Water Task Order involved 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. This task order generated a cumulative 17,918 days of employment for Palestinians.
Currently, BES is implementing a water construction project in Gaza—the “Desalination Plant Expansion Project” (DESAL) under INP II. This project, expected to be completed in 2019, will expand capacity of an existing water treatment plant located in Dier Al Balah, Gaza from 2,600 to 6,000 cubic meters per day, and which will benefit an estimated 100,000 people.