The quarry pollution started during the winter because of the constructions in
Beitar Illit. From the corner of the settlement, the water used to wash the
stones ﬂows down to the valley where it joins the spring.
Down the settlement, this slurry is so humid that one can hardly walk, but
farther down in the valley, the mud dries and forms a layer of concrete that
covers dunams of land and impedes water or air from penetrating the soil.
There, nothing can grow anymore, and to break the layer, traditional
techniques aren't enough, where a donkey was sufﬁcient, engines are now
Also, the 77 traditional irrigation pools of Wadi Fuqeen are in great danger as
the mud gets into the irrigation system, polluting the pools and clogging the
irrigation pipes. This quarry pollution is even worse than the sewage because
it suffocates any life and destroys the land and the spring…He is afraid it
could be “the end of farming in that part of the village”.
Map of Wadi Fuqeen presenting the springs and the quarry pollution in grey.