Energy and Water Minister Nada Boustani speaks at a conference in Sidon, Lebanon, July 20, 2019. (The Daily Star/Nada Boustani Twitter, HO)
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?The new power plant set to be built in Zahrani will increase the district of Sidon's power supply and lead to fewer hours of power cuts for its residents, Energy and Water Minister Nada Boustani said Saturday.Sidon's electricity network is further boosted by a new main substation that came online Feb. 2, and transforms electricity from high voltage (220 kilovolts) to medium voltage (typically between 1-69 kV), helping maintain a more regular power supply for homes and businesses.The minister then turned to addressing the challenges related to the water supply in the area, highlighting the risks posed by sourcing water from groundwater wells, which most of Sidon's supply is drawn from.The minister also raised the issue of untreated sewage being pumped into the sea near Sidon, which Daher has said the South Lebanon Water Establishment is working to address.
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