10/5/07 with Mr. Youssef Aoun (president) & members of the municipality
The meeting focused on discussing water management problems encountered in the area and ensuring stakeholder commitment to local project events.
Meshref is a small agricultural village bordering the Damour village, with a population of approximately 2,000 inhabitants. The dominant economic activity is olive cultivation. There are no water meters in Meshref; residents only pay a monthly charge of 15,000 L.L. (US$ 10). The 1st branch of the Damour river supplies 9 villages: Dmit, Kfarmatta, Al Debbieh, Kfarfaoud, Bechtfine, Kfarkatra, Wadi El Sett, Brih, Nabeh El Safa. Additionally, 3 villages depend on the 2nd Damour river stream (Sir Jbeil, Al Jahilieh, and Baakline).
The main problems encountered in the region of Meshref include the reduction of available water supply, sea intrusion in the coastal aquifer, river pollution and uncontrolled municipal wastewater discharge into surface waters. The main solution proposed by the Meshref municipality is the construction of a storage reservoir in order to meet the village water needs. A dam feasibility study has already been undertaken, but the project has not been implemented yet.