The Minister of Energy and Water, Engineer Gebran Bassil, inaugurated the "spring Strait" project which supplies the Keserwan coast with drinking water, in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan Secchi Otsuka, the President of the Council for Development and Reconstruction, Eng. Nabil El-Jisr, and MPs Farid Al Khazen, Nemetallah Abi Nasr, Gilberte Zwein, Youssef Khalil, a representative from the Japanese Agency and influentials of the region. Speeches, on the occasion, were delivered by the Minister of Energy and Water, the Japanese Ambassador and the President of the Council. Bassil pointed out that the total cost of the project is worth$ 102 million and its implementation consumed more time than anticipated and still needs time to be completed. This trust that was given by the Ministry to the Council for Development and Reconstruction was given back by the Council to the Ministry who in turn returned it to the council to complete the work.
The Japanese ambassador pointed out that Japan considers Lebanon an important country and the gate to the Middle East, and believes that stability is key factor to achieving peace and prosperity in the world. In turn, Eng. El-Jisr considered that this project is one of the most important water projects carried out in Lebanon. In addition to securing drinking water service to a large number of beneficiaries, it is considered an achievement in terms of technical aspects where the latest technologies in digging the tunnel were used while ensuring the highest safety requirements during the implementation phases.