A health-based socio-economic assessment of drinking water quality

El-Fadel, M., Maroun, R., Semerjian, L. and Harajli, H. (2003) A health-based socio-economic assessment of drinking water quality. Management of Environmental Quality, 14, (3), 353-368. (doi:10.1108/14777830310479441).


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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)

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1108/14777830310479441
ISSNs: 1477-7835 (print)
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Keywords: economics, health, lebanon, water
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 52888
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2003Published
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:31
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/52888

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