The Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS-L) launched the 38th annual report on the “environmental reality of the Lebanese coast” to provide reliable scientific data that allows Lebanon’s government to develop effective and sustainable public policies.
The sites were selected based on environmental standards to determine beach pollution and its impact on public health.
These sites feature popular swimming pools, points near estuaries, public and private rocky and sandy beaches, and points close to sewage estuaries.
The report highlighted that the surface water in Beirut and Tyre (southern Lebanon) contains large quantities of microplastic pieces.
However, “Beirut’s water is the most polluted,” the report said, adding that “the quantities found in this study are more than twice as high as elsewhere in the Mediterranean.”
According to the CNRS-L, 7 out of 37 sites range from contaminated to very polluted and not suitable for swimming.
These sites are contaminated with large amounts of fecal bacteria, as the levels are higher than the permissible levels:
In addition, 6 of the 37 sites are wary of unsafe critical and bacterial contamination rates in their waters, which are considered moderate, and are subject to intermittent or circumstantial contamination. Here are the sites: