Researchers at the Lebanon Water Policy Program (LWPP) have recommended that water meters should be installed at both supply points and customer premises if the water sector in the country is to be enhanced.

The LWPP – which is funded by USAID and supported by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources – aims to restructure the water sector in the country and improve its performance. Although the Lebanese government has accepted the concept of privatisation of the industry, this will only happen for the management and operations sections.

The meters will be used to establish how much clean water is produced, and how much is used by consumers, with a view to improving the efficiency of the service provided. Meters at individual customer’s homes would also improve revenue collection, which at present is only accounting for 50 to 75 percent of water used.

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