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Geagea ridicules idea to import water from Turkey

A man carries water containers in Beirut, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Tuesday slammed a proposed solution to import water from Turkey to meet high demand, saying officials prefer complicated, costly solutions to practical ones.

“Since the last winter season, everyone knew that a drought was approaching because rain was scarce. Despite such a fact and months passing, the Energy Ministry and the Cabinet were never on alert to face such a crisis,” Geagea said in a statement.

“Some people now are promoting the idea of importing water from Turkey after they ruled out faster and cheaper solutions such as digging artesian wells, transporting water from the sea to some running rivers and building pumping stations near residential areas similar to the one in Dbayeh.”

The parliamentary committee on water and energy held several sessions discussing the current water crisis in the country and it head, MP Mohammad Qabbani, has said Beirut should import water from Turkey as a measure to confront the crisis.

Lebanon is suffering this year from a severe water shortage crisis after a nearly rainless winter.

The majority of Lebanese families rely on private suppliers for both drinking water and water for domestic use, at a cost of around $4 per cubic meter as the demand is expected to drastically rise.

In many areas across the country, the water shortage has led the local authorities to regulate supply to a very limited amount, with some villages receiving water only once per week.

“Lebanon’s lack of institutions capable of facing such crises is not the only problem, but the Cabinet also ... does not adopt practical solutions because others prefer difficult, complicated and expensive ones.”





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