Upgrading Water Supply Facilities for Communities in Lebanon affected by the Consequences of the Conflict in Syria

Bekaa and North Lebanon, Lebanon

Project objectives   
The project objective is to ensure that affected populations have access to adequate quantity of safe water. 

Project Summary 
Lebanon today has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world. The infrastructure in the country was already fragile prior to the Syria crisis, and is now under severe strain due to the large presence of refugees. With the support of the European Union, UNHCR will upgrade the water supply infrastructure in nine communities in North Lebanon and the Bekaa which are hosting large numbers of refugees. 
Together with the Bekaa and North Water Establishments, UNHCR will ensure that these communities have increased access to potable water through an improved water supply system. The project will directly benefit over 198 500 people.

Activities achieved    
Designs for the water supply networks have been finalized, as well as the tendering process for hiring construction firms for Bekaa and North areas. Construction will start during 2016. 

Total duration of the project
30 months.

Starting date of the project   
December 1, 2013. 

Project Budget   
14,8 million Euros.

Website of the implementing authority

Office address of the project
UNHCR Khater Building
Dr. Philippe Hitti Street
Ramlet El Baida, Beirut.

Contact details of a focal person in the project   
Focal person: Patrick D’Aoust, Senior project officer.

Voices of the beneficiaries
The water network running in and around Halba is very old and in bad condition. Given the malfunctioning of several pumps, water from a source near the town does not reach Halba. Throughout this project UNHCR will lay 30 kilometres of new water supply network, and connect 1,200 new subscribers to the network. Khadia the head of a primary school in Halba said in this regard:
“In my school we are constantly working on raising awareness against the waste of water especially among the younger generation. Right now I’m worried that the only information they receive is through the school, where use of water is monitored. However water usage is not being monitored outside the schools, while this is highly needed. 
That is why I welcome this initiative of improving our water structures, and the awareness raising around water usage and water meters that comes with it. I really hope that this will work-out, as we can ensure water to a greater number of people when there is no water wastage.”