Summary of Recent Activities
The start of the project was delayed several months because of administrative problems, but a project team was assembled and a detailed work plan developed during the late winter and early spring of 2014. Dr. Al-Khatib has selected two Master’s students to work on the project. The first will be involved in the socioeconomic analysis and mapping of the study area, while the second will mainly focus on hydrology and rainfall analysis. Key stakeholders in the target area have also been introduced to the project, and initial feedback on its objectives has been positive, particularly due to water restrictions in the area. Efforts have commenced for defining the indicators to be measured in the household survey, which was in draft stage by early spring 2014.
In the next few months, a general literature review will be conducted to look into existing practices and potential rainwater harvesting in the West Bank. Dr. Al-Khatib and his colleagues will also be collecting more detailed hydrological and historical meteorological data, as well as information on the location of potential water resources, ownership and management of water resources, historical discharge and extraction rates, water quality, and pollution sources. These data will be analyzed to identify possible trends. In addition to household surveys, structured interviews are to be conducted with members of village councils, government officials, and other potential sources. An information checklist will also be developed to collect data on a community level, including maps, photos, technical information, regulations and requirements, and urban planning considerations for the target region.