River Pollution in Lebanon

Two studies by the Beirut Arab University and Lebanese University have revealed the extent of river pollution in Lebanon over the past decade. The studies concluded that there are high concentrations of heavy metals, residue from olive oil production, dangerous bacteria, untreated waste, and illegal dumping in the Hasbani River and the Lower Litani River basin. Rash Badr, lead researcher of the Hasbani study said “This alarming situation indicates that people using the water for consumption or recreation are at high risk of contracting waterborne diseases and that agricultural products resulting from irrigation pose a risk to residents of the basin or to consumers”

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