World Waternet and the Litani River Authority (LRA) sign a Memorandum of Understanding for a cleaner Lake Qaraoun and Litani River!

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World Waternet and the Litani River Authority (LRA) sign a Memorandum of Understanding for a cleaner Lake Qaraoun and Litani River!

14 November 2017 - Steven van Rossum (CEO World Waternet) and Dr. Selim Catafago (Chairman of the Board of LRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Beirut (Lebanon). In this a Memorandum of Understanding, both organisations commit themselves to improving the water quality of Lake Qaraoun and the Litani River.

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Steven van Rossum (World Waternet) hands over a Dutch flag to Dr. Selim Catafago (LRA), as a memento

The Memorandum of Understanding is part of the project 'Strengthening the Lebanese Water and Agriculture Sector'. With this project, World Waternet, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Acacia Water are supporting Lebanon with their Dutch expertise in water and agriculture.

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Lake Qaraoun in winter time

The pollution of Lake Qaraoun and the Litani River has a severe impact on the agricultural economy of the region. Municipal waste and wastewater are main causes of this pollution. We will bring in our Waternet expertise on monitoring and improving water quality we help LRA combating this problem. We  will supply automated water quality monitoring stations. With these stations, LRA will be able to get a better understanding of the specific causes of pollution. LRA will gain a better insight into the measures that need to be taken to address these causes. This will put the abatement options higher on the political agenda.

We will also install algae treatment systems in Lake Qaraoun in cooperation with the World Bank. This system will substantially reduce the amount of (blue) algae and improve water quality in Lake Qaraoun, which is among others used for irrigation purposes. This will ultimately lead to an improved quality of crops, thus improve the overall food safety. Moreover, the fishing industry of Lake Qaraoun will benefit from the improved water quality, due to better living conditions for fish.

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Steven van Rossum (World Waternet) and Dr. Selim Catafago (LRA) sign the MoU