Some local political representatives claimed they have tried to take action, but were prevented from doing so. (Photo by Paul Cochrane)
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Data collected by the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute and cited in the documentary, painted an alarming picture of the state of water resources in Lebanon.Groundwater levels have plummeted on average by 70 to 80 meters in all areas, according to figures cited by LARI's general director in the documentary.Others, whose income also relies on water, bear the brunt of the pollution of water resources.The municipality union of the middle Bekaa was told that 300 trucks would dump trash in the Masnaa area, and the fund of the municipality union would get $50 per ton.As resources are depleted, more people are on the lookout for clean sources of water. Roland Riachi, professor at the Department of Political Studies at AUB, estimated that the 3,000 wells Lebanon had in 1970 are now 8,000 – an average of eight wells per square kilometer.The picture painted by the documentary is bleak; it's an issue the film's producers claim the country lacks awareness of.
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