Lebanon News

Ministry calls for reducing water consumption

A worker fills water containers in the Beirut Southern Suburb, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Environment Ministry issued a call Thursday to citizens to reduce their water consumption in the wake of an acute decline in rainfall in the country.

The ministry issued a guide that would help citizens conserve water at home and called on environmental organizations to promote the guide.

In the guide, the ministry said that citizens could save large quantities of water by making simple changes in their habits.

It called on citizens to fix any water leaks at their homes, use less water in toilets and take quick showers instead of baths.

Other advice included washing fruits and vegetables in a pot instead of under flowing water and reducing water consumption while cleaning the dishes.

The ministry also called for not overwatering gardens and flowers and for growing more trees because they consume less water than other plants.

Lebanon has seen unusually low rainfall this year, at just 40 percent of the yearly average by the first week of April. The shortage has spurred calls for a national water strategy and a renewed push for conserving water.

Between May and December, the Greater Beirut area usually needs about 250,000 cubic meters of water a day for a population of 1.9 million, but the government can only provide 130,000 at the moment.





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