The sea facing the northern town of Chekka and neighboring Anfeh is believed to house undersea fresh water springs. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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Lebanon could extract tens of thousands of cubic meters of fresh water from springs under the sea in the Chekka Bay to help alleviate water shortages in the country, according to a new proposal by a citizen lobbying group.The proposal, a copy of which was provided to The Daily Star, claims that installing pumps on four springs in Chekka in north Lebanon, which the group said could be done with the assistance of the Lebanese Army, would produce roughly 60,000 cubic meters of fresh water for industrial and domestic use per day, which could help make up part of the water shortfall in Lebanon.Underwater sea springs are freshwater springs whose source is inland but which run under the sea bed and empty directly into the sea. Water experts have long urged the government to exploit the springs to provide freshwater instead of letting it go to waste.Out of 2.7 billion cubic meters of available water through eight aquifers and 17 perennial rivers fed by more than 2,000 springs, Lebanon makes use of only 1.4 billion cubic meters, with agriculture taking up the king's share of water resources.
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