Wednesday, August 26, 1998 Published at 18:21 GMT 19:21 UK
World: Middle East
West Bank water row
This tap is on for two hours a day
Israel denies the charge saying Palestinian farmers are to blame for using illegal connections to irrigate their fields.
But it has now agreed to provide extra water tanks and consider drilling new wells.
In one refugee camp 7,000 people depend on a water supply provided by the UN which has run for just two hours a day since April.
''Life is very difficult. Water means life and cleanliness. How can people live without water - it's impossible,'' said one refugee.
The mayor of Hebron, Mustafa Natsheh, blames the Jewish settlements for the shortage.
In Hebron there is only one water source for 100,000 residents - trucks distribute what they can.
Many resort to buying water on the black market at almost twice the normal price.
But Israel denies giving any preferential treatment.
Dina Shalit of the large Jewish Ariel settlement said: ''Certainly in any interim period it's absolutely mandatory that Israel maintains control of the water sources that are necessary to maintain the people of Israel.''