U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Visits Recently Completed Elevated Water Tank in Bqasta to Enhance Residents’ Access to Water
Home to around 10,500 residents and 1,000 refugees, the town of Bqasta in South Lebanon has been experiencing severe water shortages, forcing households to purchase additional trucked in water on a weekly basis which was becoming unsustainable amidst the ongoing socio-economic crisis and causing growing intercommunal tensions. In response, USAID’s Community Support Program (CSP) constructed a 300 m³ elevated water tank and rehabilitated the operation room, including the electrical, mechanical, and chlorination system. In parallel, to ensure the sustainability of this investment, CSP is collaborating with the University of Saint Joseph’s Fondation Diane to train the municipality and three local organizations on how to develop and implement participatory community awareness campaigns on water conservation. The newly constructed water tank has been operational since early February 2023 and is enhancing affordable and equitable water supply to over 9,000 beneficiaries. On March 17, 2023, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea visited Bqasta to officially inaugurate the facility and showcase the impact of this intervention and other USAID projects across Lebanon which are enhancing access to water for more than 276,000 residents. In addition to Ambassador Shea, the event was attended by USAID/Lebanon leadership, CSP senior management, the Mayor of Bqasta, South Lebanon Water Establishment representatives, community beneficiaries, and representatives from the three local NGOs who are participating in the implementation of the community awareness campaigns. “This intervention by USAID’s CSP has truly alleviated our financial burdens and made our lives a little easier amidst the crisis. We will work hard as a community to raise awareness on water conservation to preserve this donation,” stated Imane Al Moghrabi, President of Baderi NGO who is implementing a water conservation campaign in Bqasta.