Beirut, July 21, 2022 – Although Lebanon has managed to avoid the total collapse of its water infrastructure, water supply systems remain fragile, threatening the health of millions of people, especially children, warned UNICEF.

In a new report titled “Struggling to keep the taps on”, UNICEF warns that hopes for solving this problem will remain dim as long as the electricity crisis will continue, as power shortages make it impossible to pump enough water and, in some cases, cause pumping operations to stop altogether.

The report examines developments since UNICEF warned a year ago that Lebanon’s water system had reached breaking point.

“Although the total collapse of public water supply networks has so far been avoided, this crisis has not been resolved and millions of people are still affected by the limited availability of water clean and safe,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon. «Addressing this problem is of the utmost importance for the health of children and families in Lebanon. »

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