File - Minister Samir Moqbel arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, April 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Lebanon has ruled out a plan to import water from Turkey to alleviate its shortage, resorting to dig more wells instead and siphon groundwater, Deputy Prime Minister Samir Moqbel said Thursday.Nazarian said that according to information made available to him by the Water Authority for Beirut and Mount Lebanon, Lebanon was currently facing a shortage of 100,000 cubic meters of water."Of course there is a shortage, and we know this," he said, adding that the committee has been meeting with geologists for the past week to determine which locations were best to access water, and echoed Moqbel's comments in stating that work on the wells began approximately a month ago. It is estimated that the wells will produce approximately 40,000 to 50,000 cubic meters of water, he told The Daily Star.
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