Audit of USAID/Lebanon’s Water Activities
Fiscal Year: 2009
Audit Report Available: No
Although water is reasonably plentiful in Lebanon, 50 percent of the country’s water is lost as a result of mismanagement. If this trend is not changed, Lebanon will face severe water shortages within the next
25 years. In response, USAID/Lebanon’s water program has implemented projects such as the Small Village Wastewater Treatment Systems Project, a $10 million program to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and operations and maintenance training services. Another project is the Lebanon Water Policy Project, a $5 million program designed to help Lebanese water establishments solve institutional and technical problems and provide high-quality services to customers, with an ultimate purpose of attracting investment. USAID/Lebanon’s water program will provide assistance to the water establishment by strengthening capabilities, training employees, and introducing IT systems, as well as implementing new tariff structures. Activities will continue through FY 2010 and include improving sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. In addition, USAID/Lebanon will establish a long-term water quality monitoring program at the Litani River Basin and provide technical assistance and training to the Litani River Authority.
This audit will (1) determine whether USAID/Lebanon’s water activities achieved intended results and (2) assess the activities’ impact.
Source: Office of Inspector General ANNUAL PLAN FISCAL YEAR 2009
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