A worker fills a water tank in Beirut, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Experts dismissed an ambitious parliamentary proposal put forward Wednesday to address Lebanon's water crisis as impractical and unrealistic, saying the infrastructure, enforcement mechanisms and legal grounds for many parts of the plan were missing.Beirut MP Mohammad Qabbani called on the government to declare a "state of water emergency" following a meeting of several concerned parliamentary committees that was also attended by the ministers of environment, agriculture, energy and tourism, as well as the head of the Higher Relief Committee, Maj. Qabbani then announced a series of proposals as part of a comprehensive plan to address the crisis, which has resulted in water shortages throughout the country. "I would start with restrictions and really applying those, and then when push comes to shove, we would start looking at purchasing," Farjalla said, adding that importing water from Turkey would likely be "cumbersome and very expensive".He also criticized the proposal for calling for more wells, saying the government should invest instead in water treatment and reuse.
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