Thousands of volunteers took part in a large clean-up effort to help de-pollute the heavily contaminated Litani River in the eastern Bekaa Valley and south Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)
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Environment Minister Tarek Khatib visited the Western Bekaa Wednesday where he detailed multi-million dollar plans for the cleanup of the heavily polluted Litani River.The minister went on to elaborate on the importance of the Litani River as a source of water in Lebanon.Last summer, Lebanon signed a $55 million loan with the World Bank to fund a major project to cut sources of pollution on the upper stretch of the river above the Qaroun Lake as part of a broader $250 million cleanup effort.On funding, Khatib said that the project for cut pollution would cost an estimated $728 million. According to Khatib, approximately 85 percent of the funds needed for the upper basin of the Litani River were available and work on the ground could begin before 2020 .Khatib then visited the Litani River in Mansoura, a water treatment plant in Jub Jennin to observe how the running of a sewage system, the town's waste plant and then a refining station in Qaraoun.
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