By 2018, 3 Dams to Meet Demand For Water in Metn

By Elyssa Raphael. In 2011, a 25-year national water strategy unveiled by the Lebanese Ministry of Energy, seeks to develop the basic infrastructures through building dams in the country and increase Lebanon’s water supply to 1,862 million m3 by 2035 and close the existing water deficit, in addition to upgrading the management of the sector. 

 The Ministry of Energy has recently launched Bokaata, Manzoul and Janneh dams with the aim to meet water demand by 2018, mainly in Metn area .


 Bokaata dam with a cost $60 million will provide Metn area with a total of 350,000 m3 of water on a daily basis, according ot the Ministry .

The project which is to set be completed by 2017, will provide drinking water to many  Metn areas like Cornet Chehwan, Ain Aar and Bhersaf.

Manzoul dam located in high Metn is expected to provide drinking water to high Metn areas, with altitude varying between 1,000 1,750 meters. The cost of the project is estimated at $13 million.


Janneh dam located in Jbeil set to be completed by 2017, costs $250 million. The dam is also to meet additional water demand in Metn area. While the fixed dam has a capacity of 38 million cubic meters, the mobile one, has about 95 million cubic meters.

The Metn area is expected to be in need of 165 million m3 of water by 2036. The Ministry anticipates, however, the number to decline to 107 million m3 while installing water counters.



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