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Title: Evaluating of the environmental risks of natural water sources in the Alkalaa municipal community area - South Lebanon
Authors: Khatib, Milad
Hleihel, Joseph
Arairo, Wahib 
Skienhe, Hasan
Mortada, Hussein
Affiliations: Department of Civil Engineering and Construction 
Keywords: Coronavirus pandemic
Environmental education
Northwest of Jordan
Physiochemical and microbiological characterization
Water conservation
Issue Date: 2024-03-01
Part of: Water Supply
Volume: 24
Issue: 3
Start page: 760
End page: 772
Water is considered a fundamental factor, and plays a role in public health and economic growth. Therefore, it should be free of all kinds of microorganisms, and chemical substances that are dangerous to fauna and flora. Insufficient water supply is one of the issues confronting Middle Eastern countries, and Lebanon becomes a typical example. This study aims to evaluate the basic physical, chemical, and microbiological water properties for eight distinct sites, in southeastern Lebanon, identified during the coronavirus pandemic, as the worst economic situation to hit Lebanon began. These tests were carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO). The results were utilized to assess the level of environmental pollution. A comparison was made between the obtained results with other studies: Lebanon southwest and the northwest region of Jordan Valley. The novelty of this study stems from the fact that it is the first to shed light on the degree of pollution level and the lack of environmental education for water conservation and water pollution prevention in this unstudied area, and compares the results locally and regionally. In addition, the obtained results indicate the impact of the Coronavirus on the behavior of the habitants in this region.
ISSN: 16069749
DOI: 10.2166/ws.2024.026
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Civil Engineering and Construction

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