The Cenomanian-Turonian Mountain Aquifer system underlying and largely recharged from the West Bank is by far the most important source of water in this area. The aquifer system is highly permeable due to its geological nature. The Coastal Aquifer extends from Gaza in the south to Mount Carmel in the north along some 120 km of Mediterranean coastline. The width of the aquifer varies from 3-10 km in the north to about 20 km in the south, where it constitutes the chief resource of water for Gaza. The depth to groundwater in Gaza ranges from 60 m in the east to 8 m or less near the shore.

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