Stalactites are seen hanging in the lower cave of the Jeita Grotto, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
BEIRUT: The German-Lebanese project for the protection of Jeita Spring announced Friday that the establishment of a wastewater collection and treatment system in the Jeita groundwater catchment could now be implemented as a result of German funding for the project.
According to a statement released by the German Embassy in Beirut, the Jeita Spring suffers from a 100-year-old leaking system that collects water from one of the largest springs in Lebanon and distributes it to Greater Beirut.
A German-funded renovation project, the KfW JSPP project, aims to revive the spring with a wastewater collection and treatment system that would minimize the risks to drinking water. The new treatment system is ready for implementation, the statement said.
Germany previously funded the German-Lebanese Technical Cooperation Project - Protection of Jeita Spring - which aimed to enhance water capture and storage in the groundwater catchment of the Jeita Spring.
The enhanced water capture operation was launched four years ago by the GLTC and benefited from funding by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, which provided 1.7 million euros for the project.
During a workshop at the Monroe Hotel, the GLTC project revealed the results of its hydro-geological investigations to an audience of water sector professionals in Lebanon, alongside Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk and German Ambassador to Lebanon Christian Clages.
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