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On a warm spring day in the Bekaa Valley town of Al-Qaa, Hana Rizk stood outside his neighbor's one-story house, a tired grimace on his face from coping with the town's insufficient water supply.The water concern is magnified in Al-Qaa, a Greek Catholic town 10 kilometers from the Syrian border, by tales of mismanagement and accusations of corruption among the town's municipal water committee.Eid Mattar has been acting-president of Al-Qaa's water committee, responsible for distributing water and bill collecting in the town, since 2010 .The former employee, who has since moved on to another ministry, began working for the Energy Ministry in 2012 and was introduced to Mattar while working on a project in the town last year.Mattar also blamed the town's lack of water on the distance it must travel from the source. He said the water runs through many other villages before arriving to Al-Qaa, a claim AUB's Farajallah said was "probably true". It is likely that Al-Qaa will face water shortages regardless of whether the accusations against Mattar are true. For the town's people the important thing is finding a way to receive water in the dry summer months.
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