Through its private sector partnerships and in collaboration with the Water Establishments, UNICEF has installed 19 chlorinators in the most vulnerable municipalities of Beirut-Mount Lebanon region to benefit 114,000 Lebanese and 28,000 Syrian refugees. Through such simple interventions, chlorinated drinking water is provided and the risk of water borne disease is mitigated significantly.
Some pilot projects are being undertaken, such as a portable sewage treatment plant in Nabatieh by INTERSOS and a pilot project by CISP aimed at improving waste management practices by sorting, composting and treating solid waste produced in 5 different Informal Settlements in Marjayoun and Hasbaya districts.
In Bekaa, the situation in Arsal has been the main focus for several partners, with water trucking commencing on the 8th and de-sludging on the 11th of August.
Other activities have been limited, and the movement of partner local staff was restricted in the area due to ongoing tensions.
In 12 Palestinian camps, UNWRA and its partners have been implementing water scarcity plans and managing distributions of 1,500 hygiene kits provided by UNICEF.
In Mount Lebanon and Beirut, construction works on 6 water reservoirs in Iklim Al Kharoub are ahead of schedule, and progress is at 60%. 50,000 persons (20% of which are refugees) will benefit once the reservoirs are completed in early November 2014.