Lebanon Water Project (LWP)
The Lebanon Water Project (LWP) is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the objective of increasing access to clean, reliable, and sustainable sources of water for Lebanese citizens.
LWP focuses on improving Lebanon’s capacity in the management of water resources, enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of the public water utilities through the provision of technical and capital assistance.
LWP promotes better water governance as a means to help ensure long-term preservation of Lebanon’s water resources.
The project consists of three main objectives:
- Improve service delivery and resource management capacity by the five public water utilities.
- Enhance civic engagement in water management and advance citizens’ perception of water utilities’ role in providing a necessary and valuable service.
- Improve private sector involvement in water management.
Building on past USAID assistance to the Lebanese water sector and partnering with the RWEs, namely the Beirut-Mount Lebanon Water Establishment (BMLWE), the Beqaa Water Establishment (BWE), the South Lebanon Water Establishment (SLWE), and North Lebanon Water Establishment (NLWE), as well as the Litani River Authority (LRA), LWP strives to meet its ultimate objectives through three interrelated results:
- Result A: Improve service delivery and resource management by the five public water utilities (the four RWEs and the LRA) that are mandated by law to provide water, wastewater, and irrigation management services in Lebanon, and by local municipalities where feasible and appropriate.
- Result B: Improve civic engagement in water management and advance citizen perception of the water utilities role in providing a necessary and valuable service.
- Result C: Improve private sector involvement in water management.
The project has:
- Completed five-year business plans—in English and Arabic—for its partner water authorities.
- Procured handheld billing devices for its water authority partners, which will improve bill collection.
- Promoted the use of water-saving drip irrigation and hydroponics methods to public and private partners.
- Improved the communication and customer service functions at the partner water authorities.
- Supported the North Lebanon Water Establishment with water infrastructure works valued at $2.8 million in the Caza of Koura, including the redesign and rehabilitation of the Jradeh Pumping Station that serves several northern villages, including the supply and installation of a chlorination system.