GVC Testing Programme in Lebanon

GVC – is a non-governmental, secular, and independent organisation, founded in Bologna in 1971.

They are active in international development aid projects with complex action strategies: from humanitarian aid to populations suffering from conflicts and natural disasters to reconstruction, hygiene, and food security; from rural development to education, to the protection of women’s and children’s rights.

The Project

A secure and stable provision of water is a common problem for most of the countries in the Middle East. Water shortages, obsolete infrastructures and mismanagement of resources, are the main contingencies and the most shared elements regarding water related issues in the region.

Lebanon water sources, due to the lack of consistent management of the hydrological resources, have become an even more critical element with the developing Syrian crisis. The flow of refugees in the country has increased by 25% the population in Lebanon and, as a consequence, the demand for water.

By a more efficient management of resources and series of needed infrastructural projects, GVC is helping to ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of water services, to the Syrian refugees as well as the hosting communities.

GVC’s intervention aims at ensuring equitable access to basic services and at improving the existing water infrastructure by new drilling, the rehabilitation of existing wells, as well as the rehabilitation of water reservoirs.

In GVC’s vision, providing drinking water 24 hours/day can improve the quality of life and sensibly reduce health risks associated with the use of water supply from contaminated sources. Moreover, it is well known that improving water services for domestic use, sensibly decreases the dependence on private providers and cuts costs for local inhabitants.

In the last 6 years of intervention in Lebanon, GVC has identified communities affected by multiple WASH (Water and Sanitation for Health) threats and vulnerabilities in which health risks have increased due to the lack of access to basic services and livelihood. GVC’s area of intervention has encompassed the Northern Beqaa Valley territory, in municipalities such as Hermel, Al Qaa, Ain, Labwe, Ras-Baalbek and the restricted area of Masharia al Qaa.

During this period, GVC’s field officers have relentlessly been working to implement a water quality testing programme intended at monitoring around 400 ITSs (Informal Tented Settlements) where more than 13,000 Syrian refugees are currently hosted. These tests include bacteriological, physical and chemical analysis, both at source and at the point-of-use, and are being carried out using the DelAgua Water Testing Kit.

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