The Arab world wastes more than half of its water resources every year through inefficient irrigation, leaking pipes and consumer carelessness, the organizer of a conference on water said Tuesday, June 19.
Hussein Al-Farraj heads the private Saudi firm Ramtan, which jointly organized the conference with the Lebanese water resources ministry. The meeting in Beirut is aimed at finding solutions to the problem.
Walid Abderahman, a professor at King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, told the conference that "more than 100 million cubic meters (3.5 billion cubic feet) of water are lost annually in the Arab world." Of that, he said, more than 60 percent is lost through irrigation.
Farraj said most studies suggest that the problem be solved through the privatization of the water sector and the adoption of legislation and measures that would permit water resources to be exploited more efficiently.
The Lebanese, Syrian and Emirati water resources ministers are attending the three-day conference, which began Monday, as well as numerous international experts in the sector. ― (AFP, Beirut)
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