Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement for Lebanon (WISE)

 

The water sector in Lebanon suffers from deficiencies in water storage, supply, and treatment facilities, in addition to ineffective water management practices. Most of the existing facilities and networks, notably for potable water, are aging, inadequately maintained, and losing large quantities of non-revenue water (NRW) resulting in insufficient quantities to meet local needs. Water establishments’ revenue collection from subscribers is low due to poorly maintained subscriber records and inefficient billing processes. Population growth, internal migration, recent influx of new refugee groups, and intensive urbanization have placed increased burdens on the existing water sector infrastructure.

The Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement for Lebanon (WISE-Lebanon) program was a three-year, three-month activity funded by USAID. The project was implemented in coordination with the government of Lebanon, the four WEs, municipalities, and other USAID-funded contractors working in the sector on water-related issues. The project also recognized the efforts of other donors in the sector and worked with them to obtain synergies in the implementation of programs where appropriate.

Activity Description

The project’s primary objective was to improve Lebanon’s capacity in the management of water resources through water infrastructure upgrades and related management support. Through the WISE-Lebanon program, USAID partnered with Lebanese water sector institutions, particularly the WEs, to identify, prioritize, and design, build, and implement interventions in the following areas:

  • Completing potable water network infrastructure gaps
  • Constructing new potable water networks
  • Rehabilitating, optimizing, and improving the efficiencies of existing potable water pumping stations
  • Capacity building for the WEs in capital investment processes and other technical areas

Expected Outcomes

  • Decrease in percentage of NRW in the selected areas of interventions
  • Increase in percentage of cost recovery
  • Increase in number of customers served
  • Increase in hours of service delivery to customers
  • Reduction in water leakages (technical losses)

Actual Outcomes

  • Provided or improved water services to 102,715 people
  • Secured access to safe and clean drinking water for 49,000 Lebanese residents and 17,000 Syrian refugees