Project Acronym: RE-WWPCCS

Project Summary


The production of building stones is one of the important professions in Palestine. The sources of stones are from about 400 stone quarries and 1000 stone cutting facilities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In all stone cutting facilities, water is primarily used as a cooling, lubricating and cleaning agent for preventing dust generation during the sawing and polishing processes. On the other hand, the effluent contaminates the open areas, such as Wadis and agricultural lands. The stone cutting industry is considered to be the largest consumer of fresh water and producer of wastewater and solid waste in the West Bank. The major environmental challenge is the disposal of the by-product stone slurry waste generated during stone production. The proposed project targeted large producers (as the pollutants) in Hebron Governorate. By the end of the project, a roadmap was designed for applying cleaner production principles for the targeted industrial sectors. Adoption of such principle and implementation of the research results will contribute to saving at least 0.5 million cubic meters of fresh water annually for domestic use, and protecting the environment from industrial pollution.

Research Objectives


This proposal focused on both, the utilization and reuse of wastewater separated from the stone slurry waste in the production of ready-mix concrete and cast stones. The main objectives are:

  • To provide an opportunity for beneficial reuse of industrial wastewater in construction materials
  • To provide an opportunity for water reclamation from the stone cutting industry.
  • And overall, to paramount the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Project Team


Name                                       : Prof. Nabil Al-Joulani

University                                 : Palestine Polytechnic University

Email                                        : njoulai@ppu.edu

Name                                       : Dr. Riyad Abdel-Karim

University                                 : An-Najah National University

Email                                        : awad@najah.edu

Name                                       : Prof. Maria Kennedy

Organization                            : IHE-Delft

Email                                       : m.kennedy@un-ihe.org

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Small Research Project (SRP)

Research Summary : 

The project targeted large producers (as main pollutants) in Hebron Governorate. By the end of the project a roadmap was designed for applying cleaner production principles for the targeted industrial sectors. Adoption of such principle and implementation the research results will contribute to saving of at least 0.5 Million mof freshwater annually for domestic use, protect the environment from the industrial pollution, enhance public health and welfare, provide economic befits due to reduction in water consumption, open the door for new investments and create job opportunities to run treatment processes and operate new production lines.