File - A man fills a water tank in Sheyah, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk Thursday urged environmental groups to educate people about reducing water consumption, the NNA reported.Water, an essential resource for life and sustainability, was being mismanaged and abused, the minister said, adding that deforestation and pollution were to blame.Providing an example, the minister said between May and December, the Beirut area usually needs about 250,000 cubic meters of water a day for a population of 1.9 million.At just 40 percent of the yearly precipitation average by the first week of April, the shortage has spurred calls for a national water strategy and a renewed push for conserving water.
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