A health-based socio-economic assessment of drinking water quality: The case of Lebanon

M. El-Fadel, R. Maroun, L. Semerjian, H. Harajli

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    Abstract

    Water-related diseases are a human tragedy, resulting in millions of deaths each year, preventing millions more from leading healthy lives, and undermining development efforts by burdening the society with substantial socio-economic costs. This problem is of great significance in developing countries, where polluted water, water shortages, and unsanitary living conditions prevail. This paper presents a case study on a health-based socio-economic assessment of drinking water quality in Lebanon, based on relevant valuation approaches and available country-specific data. The assessment revealed that the potential health and economic benefits due to water and sanitation improvements can be significant (0.15-3.35 percent of GDP).

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)353-368
    Number of pages16
    JournalManagement of Environmental Quality: An International Journal
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Aug 2003

    Keywords

    • Economics
    • Health
    • Lebanon
    • Water

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