Sustainable Wastewater Management in Lebanon: Decentralization is Key

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Lebanon's aging wastewater management system is failing. Years of neglect, a fragile environment, and climate change have led to the production of 300 million cubic meters of untreated wastewater annually. This untreated water pollutes rivers, coastal waters, and groundwater, posing a significant risk to public health and the environment.

This paper proposes a promising solution: Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS). DEWATS are reliable, cost-effective, and low-maintenance, offering a viable alternative to the current system. The paper provides a roadmap for implementing DEWATS, outlining specific actions for national and international stakeholders. By embracing decentralization and fostering collaboration, Lebanon can build a resilient wastewater management system that safeguards public health and the environment for the future.

Get your copy of our latest policy paper to learn more about DEWATS and how they can address Lebanon's wastewater crisis.

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