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Provision of safe domestic water for the promotion and protection of public health: A case study of the city of Beirut, Lebanon

Show simple item record Korfali S.I. Jurdi M.
dc.contributor.editor 2009 2017-10-18T13:31:58Z 2017-10-18T13:31:58Z 2009
dc.identifier 10.1007/s10653-008-9218-1
dc.identifier.issn 2694042
dc.description.abstract Securing adequate safe drinking water and proper sanitation is a major challenge facing the developing world. The Water for Life Decade emphasizes the importance of upgrading national water quality and sanitation services. This study assessed the domestic water profile in the city of Beirut. Samples were collected from three types of household water sources (municipality, private wells, and vended water bottles) and assessed for their physiochemical and microbiological profile. At the same time, a cross-sectional survey assessing water consumption patterns and the prevalence of water-borne diseases was conducted. The results showed a deficient water quality profile in all three water sources. The measured physiochemical and bacteriological parameters reflected the high frequency of water-borne diseases. Action to secure a safe domestic water supply is essential. The plan should guarantee the protection of water sources, ensure sufficient treatment of domestic water and upgrade the national program for potable water quality control. Periodic quality monitoring and legislating the chaotic water-vending sector are indispensable. Additionally, the deterioration of private well sources by sea and wastewater infiltration necessitates the enforcement of legislation associated with the use and management of private wells. Consumer awareness and active contributions to promote and protect public health are important. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008.
dc.format.extent Pages: (283-295)
dc.language English
dc.publisher DORDRECHT
dc.relation.ispartof Publication Name: Environmental Geochemistry and Health; Publication Year: 2009; Volume: 31; no. 2; Pages: (283-295);
dc.source Scopus
dc.title Provision of safe domestic water for the promotion and protection of public health: A case study of the city of Beirut, Lebanon
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.contributor.affiliation Korfali, S.I., Natural Science Division, Lebanese American University, PO Box 13-5053, Chouran, Beirut 1102 2801, Lebanon
dc.contributor.affiliation Jurdi, M., Environmental Health Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, PO Box 11-0236, Beirut, Lebanon
dc.contributor.authorAddress Korfali, S.I.; Natural Science Division, Lebanese American University, PO Box 13-5053, Chouran, Beirut 1102 2801, Lebanon; email:
dc.contributor.authorCorporate University: American University of Beirut; Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences; Department: Environmental Health;
dc.contributor.authorDepartment Environmental Health
dc.contributor.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
dc.contributor.authorInitials Korfali, SI
dc.contributor.authorInitials Jurdi, M
dc.contributor.authorReprintAddress Korfali, SI (reprint author), Lebanese Amer Univ, Div Nat Sci, POB 13-5053, Beirut 11022801, Lebanon.
dc.contributor.authorUniversity American University of Beirut
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dc.identifier.pubmedID 18958397
dc.identifier.scopusID 61849149997
dc.relation.ispartOfISOAbbr Environ. Geochem. Health
dc.relation.ispartOfIssue 2
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitle Environmental Geochemistry and Health
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitleAbbr Environ. Geochem. Health
dc.relation.ispartOfVolume 31
dc.source.ID WOS:000263788300010
dc.type.publication Journal
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Bacteriological quality
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Groundwater
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Intervention plan
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Lebanon
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Major water ions
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Municipality water
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Vending water
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Water-borne diseases
dc.subject.otherIndex conference proceeding
dc.subject.otherIndex developing world
dc.subject.otherIndex disease prevalence
dc.subject.otherIndex drinking water
dc.subject.otherIndex food safety
dc.subject.otherIndex groundwater resource
dc.subject.otherIndex infiltration
dc.subject.otherIndex public health
dc.subject.otherIndex sanitation
dc.subject.otherIndex wastewater
dc.subject.otherIndex water planning
dc.subject.otherIndex water quality
dc.subject.otherIndex water supply
dc.subject.otherIndex water treatment
dc.subject.otherIndex well water
dc.subject.otherIndex city
dc.subject.otherIndex conference paper
dc.subject.otherIndex environmental monitoring
dc.subject.otherIndex health promotion
dc.subject.otherIndex health services research
dc.subject.otherIndex human
dc.subject.otherIndex Lebanon
dc.subject.otherIndex microbiology
dc.subject.otherIndex public health
dc.subject.otherIndex sewage
dc.subject.otherIndex standard
dc.subject.otherIndex water supply
dc.subject.otherIndex Cities
dc.subject.otherIndex Environmental Monitoring
dc.subject.otherIndex Health Promotion
dc.subject.otherIndex Humans
dc.subject.otherIndex Lebanon
dc.subject.otherIndex Organizational Case Studies
dc.subject.otherIndex Public Health
dc.subject.otherIndex Waste Disposal, Fluid
dc.subject.otherIndex Water Microbiology
dc.subject.otherIndex Water Supply
dc.subject.otherIndex Asia
dc.subject.otherIndex Beirut
dc.subject.otherIndex Beyrouth
dc.subject.otherIndex Eurasia
dc.subject.otherIndex Lebanon
dc.subject.otherIndex Middle East
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus QUALITY
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus AREAS
dc.subject.otherWOS Engineering, Environmental
dc.subject.otherWOS Environmental Sciences
dc.subject.otherWOS Public, Environmental and Occupational Health
dc.subject.otherWOS Water Resources

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