Pump to pro­vide clean wa­ter to Bekaa vil­lage

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: The U.S. Em­bassy’s deputy chief of mis­sion Fri­day in­au­gu­rated an $800,000 so­lar­pow­ered wa­ter pump and a 300 cu­bic me­ter reser­voir in the west­ern Bekaa vil­lage of Ghazzeh, a state­ment from the em­bassy re­ported. The ini­tia­tive, which will pro­vide Ghazzeh’s 21,000 res­i­dents with clean wa­ter, was com­pleted by the Le­banon Wa­ter Project with fund­ing from the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Bekaa Wa­ter Es­tab­lish­ment and the Ghazzeh Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The pump and reser­voir will save up to $60,000 a year in fuel costs, the state­ment said. The deputy chief of mis­sion, Ed­ward White, un­der­scored the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s long­stand­ing sup­port for Le­banon’s wa­ter sec­tor, say­ing: “Since 2000, the U.S. gov­ern­ment has in­vested more than $180 mil­lion in Le­banon’s wa­ter sec­tor. This sup­port has in­cluded nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to in­crease the quan­tity and qual­ity of the coun­try’s wa­ter sup­ply,” he added. –

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