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Qasimiya and Ras Al Ain Irrigation Project

Qasimiya and Ras Al Ain Irrigation Project:

  • It is considered one of the most important irrigation projects in Lebanon.
  • It was executed in 1974.

 

It is divided into two main sections:

 

Section 1: The Qasimiya Channel
Section 2: The Ras el-Ain Channel

 

Section 1: The Qasimiya Channel

It extends over 9 km of length from the diverting dam of Zrarieh to the general distributor where it forks off into two branches: the Northern branch or the Branch of Sidon and the Southern branch or the branch of Tyre whose maximum discharge capacity amounts to 4.5 m3/second.

  • The Northern Branch (Branch of Sidon):

    • It extends from the general distributor to the Sineeq course to the south of Sidon, with a length of 25 km.
    • Its discharge capacity amounts to 3.5m3/ second approximately.
  • The Southern Branch (Branch of Tyre):

    • it extends from the end of the Qasimiya tunnel to Maachouk, with a length of 9 km.
    • Its discharge capacity is a 1.5 m3/second.

Section 2: Ras Al Ain Channel

It is composed of two main branches:

  • The Northern Ras Al Ain Branch:

    • It extends from Ras Al Ain lakes in the south to Maachouk intersection in the north over 5 km of length.
  • The Southern Ras Al Ain Branch:

    • It extends from Ras Al Ain lakes to Al Mansouri village in the south over 7 km of length.

 

  • It currently irrigates around 3200 hectares according to three systems: gravity, pumping and modern irrigation (drip irrigation).
  • The number of subscribers is around 1300, distributed in the following areas:

Main Irrigated Villages – Tyre Irrigation District

Main Irrigated Villages

Qalileh
Deir Qanoun Raas El AEin
Burj El Chemali
Mansouri
Batouleh
Tyr

Total irrigated area: 1255 ha

Number of subscribers: 456

Main Irrigated Villages – Sidon Irrigation District

 

Main Irrigated Villages

Wasta
Saksakieh
Bekharieh
Itanieh
Sarafand
Farieh Abel Sehara
Kfarbeda Jamjim
Besarieh
Adloun
Adousieh

Total irrigated area: 1655 ha

Number of subscribers: 753

 

Main Irrigated Villages – Sidon Irrigation District – The Mountains

 

Main Irrigated Villages

Jazira
Halousieh
Farieh Abel Sehara
Arzeh
Taraflasie
Zrarieh
Metrieyt Choumer
Bedias
Ain Abou Abdallah

Total irrigated area: 193 ha

Number of subscribers: 65

 

Main Irrigated Villages – Sidon Irrigation District- Directly from the River

Main Irrigated Villages

Ein Abou Abdallah
Metrieyt Choumer
Froun
Jazireh
Zrarieh
Qahqahiet El Jisr

Total irrigated area: 61 ha

Number of subscribers: 25

 

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