Article courtesy of The Daily Star |March 10, 2015 | The Daily Star | Shared as educational material
BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk agreed Monday to increase cooperation between their ministries to improve the monitoring of drinking water.
The decision was taken due to the worsening quality of potable water supplies across Lebanon. Contamination from sewage, a problem exacerbated by a rapid increase in the country’s population, has contributed to the spread of disease.
The Health Ministry will train municipality workers to monitor water sources and gather samples from water networks, which will be sent to specialized laboratories for testing. With funding from the EU and in cooperation with the World Health Organization and UNHCR, the ministry will establish laboratories for testing water.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 10, 2015, on page 4. “Health, Interior Ministries to Improve Drinking Water”.