The Water Challenges We Face in the MENA Region
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To ensure a better future, we need to start by understanding the challenges we face.
Let’s take a look at the biggest challenges in our region.
Salinisation occurs when salt collects in the soil. This process can turn fertile land (where we can grow food to eat) into a desert. The situations in which Salinisation takes place are:
when sea levels rise in certain areas and reach the soil
when there isn’t enough rain to wash salts out of the soil
when seawater gets into the irrigation systems we use to bring water for plants.
Pollution affects drinking water, rivers, lakes, and oceans across the world. This often happens when toxic chemicals that are poisonous get into the water. Primary sources of toxic chemicals are:
petrol and oil
fertilisers (that farmers use to help grow their crops)
pesticides (chemicals farmers use to kill insects)
Wastewater Collection and Treatment