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A health‐based socio‐economic assessment of drinking water quality: the case of Lebanon

M. El‐Fadel (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
R. Maroun (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
L. Semerjian (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)
H. Harajli (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 1 August 2003

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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).

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El‐Fadel, M., Maroun, R., Semerjian, L. and Harajli, H. (2003), "A health‐based socio‐economic assessment of drinking water quality: the case of Lebanon", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 353-368. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777830310479441

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