20 November 2019 - More than 140,000 people will benefit, directly or indirectly, from enhanced water supply in Sebha. As part of the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over 30 diesel generators and 35 submersible water pumps to the Municipality.
The generators will provide backup power supply to the submersible water well pumps to cope with power instability and outage. They have been installed with protective steel cages and sunshades. This activity is intended to meet the demand of community needs for potable water through provision of all equipment required to operate 35 wells in Sebha that are serving 11 neighborhoods.
''This equipment will ensure that all residents of the city have access to clean water regardless of their origins. People will not suffer from a shortage of water supply during power cuts. I would like to thank UNDP and SFL project for their efforts to support our people,'' said Mayor of Sebha, Mr. Hamed Al-Khayali, at the handover ceremony that took place in Sebha at the City Center district.
On his part, the manager of Water and Sanitation Company in Sebha, Mr. Ahmed Mujbar, added: ''After UNDP through SFL installed new high-quality pumps, there are no broken pumps in the city network. The population’s water needs will be covered even during the summer.''
The SFL aims to strengthen the legitimate and internationally recognized state authorities and foster national unity. It does this by creating opportunities for peaceful reconciliation locally through community conflict monitoring and reduction, inclusive municipal planning, and practical improvements in basic services in each city where it works. As the SFL helps the Government to improve citizens’ lives, and to connect more positively with local authorities, it creates the opportunity for Government to demonstrate its value to citizens, and to provide a “peace dividend” as conflict reduces and local conditions improve.
The SFL is led by local and national institutions and implemented by UNDP, in coordination with the Ministry of Planning, and with support from Government of Libya and the international community particularly; Germany, European Union, United States of America, Japan, , Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Italy, France, Denmark, Canada and Switzerland.