The UN warned late last week that more than 4 million people in Lebanon, including a million refugees, are close to losing access to clean drinking water as shortages of funds and fuel take a toll on the water pumping system.
UNICEF estimates that most water pumping in the country will gradually cease in the next four to six weeks. Close to half of the population is living in poverty, and the local currency has lost over 90% of its value.
According to Reuters, UNICEF predicted that should the public water supply system collapse, water costs could jump by 200% a month as water would be secured from private water suppliers.
The UN agency announced that it needs $40 million a year to secure the minimum levels of fuel and spare parts required to keep Lebanon's systems operational.