BEIRUT: A new foundation that aims to address the problems of inadequate water resources has launched in Beirut on Tuesday.
The “We are Water Foundation,” a global initiative was launched simultaneously in 20 cities worldwide. The foundation aims to raise awareness of the problems of water scarcity and also works to reduce its harmful effects, in partnership with local NGOs.
Fadi Comair, the general director of hydraulic and electric resources at the Energy and Water Resources Ministry, spoke at the launch about the specific problems that Lebanon faces regarding water shortages, which include a shortage of wastewater treatment plants.
Comair also stressed the importance of education, and said: “Education fosters respect for human needs that are compatible with sustainable use of natural resources”
Lebanon has experienced severe water shortages in recent months, with residents across the country complaining of shortages in the government supply, which has been partly blamed on a lack of rainfall.
Earlier this month, Energy and Water Resources Minister Jebran Bassil warned that the country could face a serious supply crisis during the Autumn.
Experts have previously cautioned that poor infrastructure and mismanagement of the country’s water supplies have led to waste and pollution.
“Lack of water is a social problem, just like not having enough electricity,” said Raefah Makki, a spokesperson for Greenpeace in Lebanon.
“It’s a basic right to be able to use water in your daily life. For instance, we’ve seen an increase in the spread of disease in the country because people are unable to maintain adequate hygiene,” the spokesperson added.