Water awareness campaign launched in Beirut, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Faced with Lebanon's worst water shortage in years, the government is hoping a new awareness campaign will inspire the public to conserve water as it struggles to manage the crisis.Lebanon experienced an unusually dry winter, and water reserves are running low.Energy and Water Minister Arthur Nazarian blamed the crisis on wasted water and changes in the weather, as well as the presence of over a million Syrian refugees for Lebanon's water depletion. Nazarian went on to offer a rough outline of the Cabinet's as-yet unannounced plan to address the water crisis, which he said includes reducing water consumption, speeding up development projects, fixing infrastructure, securing alternative water sources and deepening existing wells.
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