| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Lebanon’s dams are dry

Lebanon, which has many river and water resources, is naturally water-rich compared to other countries in the Middle East. In 2010, Minister Gebran Bassil has launched a national strategy for water based on dams was, which was added to the Lebanon On Off Electricity Project. We have got the same results from both projects as people neither received water nor electricity.

The cost of the national strategy for the water sector is estimated at $9.84 billion. The duration of the implementation of this strategy based on the construction of dams is 9 years. The result is after 9 years, drought dams.

The method of implementing the project, of course, is the quotas between the republic’s contractors, some of whom have been subjected to US sanctions in recent months on corruption charges.

The most prominent of these dams, which cost huge money, are:

The cost of Balaa Dam according to the plan was $26 million, but it had reached $70 million, without getting any results as the dam remained without water because the quality of the land is not suitable for storing water.

The cost of Brisa Dam, according to the plan is $3 million, but due to miscalculations of the quality of the land, the cost was 10 times, and of course the result was no water.

Musailha dam, the cost according to the plan is $55 million, but it reached $65 million due to poor planning and the result is no water

The cost of the Jannah dam, according to the plan, is $300 million. So far, according to experts, it has reached one billion dollars, and the expected result is no water because of the nature of water.

Of course, there is no need to talk about maintenance and operating companies that generate money to the beneficiaries. It is enough to say, according to information obtained by Sawt Beirut International, that a German company specialized in constructing dams and reservoirs told senior officials in the Lebanese state, after a study it prepared on Lebanon, that Lebanon’s lands and its nature are not suitable for constructing dams, in addition to the fact that the rocks store water in the ground due to natural factors, and therefore it is not suitable for constructing dams.

This means that Bassil’s National Water Strategy is exactly like the electricity plan because the citizen’s still depend on private generators to secure electricity and water tanks to fulfill their water needs.

  • Sawt Beirut International