The Litani river is seen from the Western Bekaa village of Saghbin, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Lebanon's rivers are alarmingly polluted with untreated sewage and waste, posing health risks for consumers who use the water at home and for farmers who irrigate their crops with it, local scientists warned.Badr looked at various chemical properties of the water, heavy metal concentrations and pesticide levels, as well as the presence of dangerous bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli.She collected 60 water samples from 20 locations along the river from January to November 2013, and published the research in the Journal of Global Biosciences. All the water samples collected from the Hasbani were contaminated with E. coli and other microorganisms – proof that untreated sewage is disposed in the river.The study found "remarkably high" concentrations of metals in the river sediments – substances that are toxic to marine life and humans using the Hasbani's water.Badr said that local municipalities should process waste dumped into rivers and olive oil effluent could be treated and used as a fertilizer rather than dumped in the river.
U.S. threat spurred Syria bid to control Lebanon, STL told
ICRC ready to help with Lebanese hostage negotiations
Jabal Mohsen bids farewell to fallen sons
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE