The Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Corporation announced, in a statement, that the shortage of diesel, the steady rise in prices, and the extensive power cuts are critical factors that limit the ability to secure water supply.
The pumping stations operate at minimum capacity, knowing that any malfunction in their generators requires securing sums of hard currency, whether to purchase spare parts or pay repair bills. It is known that malfunctions in this area are recurrent at a time when hard currency is not available to the institution.
Accordingly, the Corporation will be forced to start adopting a severe rationing program, especially in coastal areas provided with water from pumping stations, which are operating on generators or electricity when available.
The Corporation hopes that the general situation will improve, otherwise, it may lead to a complete depletion of the ability to provide water to the point of complete interruption.
It expresses great regret for the paralysis that creeps into the operation despite the great improvement of recent years in the water supply due to recent rainy seasons and the completed installations.
The corporation pointed out two calls:
First, citizens to rationalize their consumption of water,
Second, that people of goodwill support them in this crisis that has so far drained the budget allocated for fuel.
Noting that donors had provided commendable support in this field, but it was not sustainable while the need for water will increase as summer edges close.