The LWWSS was designed to continue the USAID commitment to improve water supply and sanitation services for the people of Lebanon. The predecessor Lebanon Water Policy Program (LWPP) reflected a bold action by USAID to work directly with the Government of Lebanon. It demonstrated that carefully designed interventions joined with leadership from the government can produce impressive and inspiring results. Based in the MOEW, the LWPP team helped the CEO of the South Lebanon Water Establishment (SLWE) forge a single entity from four water authorities, adopt an improved financial and accounting system, reduce non-revenue water, and put in place a business planning process that incorporates five-year capital planning and tariff adjustments. Through these efforts, the SLWE became a model that could be emulated by the other WEs in Lebanon. The LWPP team also helped the Beirut Mount Lebanon Water Establishment (BMLWE) develop a business plan and cost recovery model. If one measure of success is the willingness of other donors to adopt USAID's approach, then LWPP was a resounding success.
LWWSS intended to complete seven tasks through the contract. These tasks were: