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Enhance the capacity of the Municipalities to reduce health risks in South Lebanon

Enhance the capacity of the Municipalities to reduce health risks in South Lebanon
The increase in Lebanon’s population is having severe consequences on the environment and water quality, solid waste management, and scarce energy resources. This leaves many communities desperate for ways to address the rapidly worsening situation.

In fact, the current number of garbage bins is no longer enough to collect the additional amount of solid waste. This leads to waste bags and rubbish being left outside the bins, generating bad smells and attracting insects.

Therefore, garbage trucks and garbage bins need to be provided to enhance the capacity of the municipality to be able to collect daily solid-waste which cover the villages, in order to help reduce health risks, diseases and environmental problems.

In response, the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and UNDP through the Lebanon Host Communities Support Project (LHSP) initiated a project funded by Netherlands, in order to help the union of municipalities of Saida al Zahrani, Sahel al Zahrani and Tyr, Kfar Melki, Kfar Tebnite, Nabatieh el Tahta, Habouch, and Ain El Deleb.

The procurement of a solid-waste collection truck, a bobcat-compact loader, a sewer cleaner truck, a compactor garbage truck, a backhoe loader as well as steel garbage containers supports the municipalities by enhancing the municipal waste disposal services.

“The inhabitants of Ain El Deleb are really happy because their municipality now has equipment. We used to rent bobcats or other trucks for high costs, but now we no longer have to do so” said Danny Jabbour, Age 42, mayor of the municipality of Ain El Deleb.

UNDP team also contracted with a technical expert to set up and conduct communication and public campaigns through which awareness messages are effectively delivered to each household. Training was also provided in order to ensure the proper use of such equipment.

The main objective is to serve municipal maintenance work related to infrastructure services and road maintenance and cleaning, as well as better public hygiene.

“Most of the diseases, especially those of the children in our villages, are caused by dirty water. This shows the significant importance of having clean water” stated Ali Matar, president of the Union of Municipalities of the Zahrani coast.

The sewer cleaner truck will allow the constant maintenance and cleaning of the manholes especially during the winter season, since residues drained by the rain water block the sewage pipes and affect the sewage network.

Furthermore, some of the villages will be receiving the necessary equipment during the upcoming month.