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Analysis Study Research Paper | Chemistry | Libya | Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023
An Evaluation of Water Resources in Tobruk, Libya: To Aware Consumers and Support Decision Making
Younis A. M. Alhendawi | Abdelkader Abdulla
Abstract: This paper is aimed at the looming water crisis in Tobruk. Growing population, rapid urbanisation and industrial and commercial activities have significantly increased the water demand. The depletion of groundwater resources and the deterioration of their quality have resulted in a sever water deficit which has a tremendous influence in the agricultural production in the region. For the water shortage to be compensated, water consumers exert large pressure on Tobruk?s desalination plant. Public water sector is suffering from deficient management and planning. This can be seen from the deteriorating water distribution networks and the lack of distribution reservoirs. Samples show that water produced by the desalination plant does not meet neither the Libyan standards for drinking water nor the WHO guidelines; this undoubtedly can pose a threat to public health. Inhabitants, in order to cope with water shortage, they resorting to water resources of poor quality and adopting unsafe practices regarding water transfer and storage. Therefore, water consumers and decision makers in Tobruk have to be aware of the adverse consequences of the increasing water shortage in their community.
Keywords: Water resources, water scarcity, Tobruk, Libya
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023,
Pages: 234 - 238