Sustainable Management of Water

The project aims to promote the sustainable management of water services and resources in areas affected by the Syrian crisis.

Country (*)
Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners

Lebanese MoEW – Ministry of Energy and Water

International partners

CISP – Comitato Internazionale Per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli;

ACWUA – Arab Countries Water Utilities Association.

Funding agencies


Starting date

16th NOVEMBER 2016

Implementation period

36 months

The secure provision of quality water is a problem for most of the Middle Eastern countries. Water shortages, obsolete infrastructure and mismanagement of resources are some of the most common problems regarding the water issue in the region. Lebanon water shortages, already serious due to the lack of effective management of resources, has become even more critical with the advent of the Syrian crisis, from which the flow of refugees in the country has brought an increase of 25 % of the population - and a consequent increase in the demand for water. In 2000, the Government of Lebanon has tried to reform the water sector: it founded and developed four new Water Facilities (WEs), which should strengthen the provision of the service, and entrusted the management of the policy to the Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW). The process of implementation of the reform law has begun, but is not yet fully operational, in part because of lack of funds. This reduces the possibility Wes to operate and maintain roofing systems and efficient distribution, especially in the North of the country and in the Bekaa Valley. The influx of Syrian refugees in the country has compounded this problem. Through more efficient management of recourse and necessary infrastructural projects, the Consortium (GVC, CISP, ACWUA) will help ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of water services, and to the Syrian refugees, both the host community. The intervention aims to ensure equitable access to basic services and to improve the existing water infrastructure, including drilling or the restructuring of existing wells, the rehabilitation and extension of storage networks and improving water supply . Providing drinking water 24 hours/day, individuals can improve their life quality of life and it will be reduced the health risk associated with water supply from impure sources. Moreover, it is given that the public service will meet the water needs (water for drinking and domestic use) will reduce the reliance on private providers and the purchase for HHs will drop.

The general objective is to ensure provision of reliable and sustainable water services to Syrian refugees and host communities, through appropriate management of water resources.

The specific objectives are:

  • to increase access to drinkable water through construction and rehabilitation of water infrastructure;
  • to increase management capacity of Water Establishments (WEs) to provide quality services to all customers and ensure appropriate collection of fees;
  • to reduce HH expenditure on water by providing reliable public water supply;
  • to increase regional learning and cooperation on mitigation of water shortages and sustainable water management. 
  • Selection of consultants for technical assistance, design construction works supervision, conduction hydrogeological and geo-physical investigations for boreholes location and selection of contractors for the works execution;
  • Improving the capacity of Lebanese Water Establishments (WEs) to provide a quality service to all customers and collect water payment fees;
  • Improving trough workshop the capacity building for WEs managerial staff (national level) on water production and consumption measurement, water balance calculation, reduction of physical and commercial losses;
  • Elaboration of strategy for application of volumetric tariff and promotion of subscriptions;
  • Collection of data measuring effects of control of demand on water resources, and setup of online database for publication of data;
  • Reduced HH expenditure on water through informative campaigns  addressed to citizens on cost-recovery, consumption optimization, water conservation and water meters installation;
  • School awareness campaigns for water conservation;
  • Publication of data related to subscriptions and payments at Municipal level and on website;
  • Mass communication campaigns (national level) for promoting water meters installation and future replication of the experience
  • Increased regional knowledge sharing between countries affected by the Syrian crisis on the impact of the crisis on water supply and management;
  • Organization of  workshops in Lebanon to spread outcomes of the program and participation to international water conferences in the Region and in Europe;
  • Promotion of a strategic framework for integrating stabilization projects in water sector with long-term strategies of MoEW and Wes.


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