A man carries water containers in Beirut, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon is moving forward with a plan to import water from Turkey, having failed to impose any restrictions on water usage in response to one of the worst water shortages in recent memory.Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk expressed a similar sentiment in a statement released Wednesday in which he said that conserving Lebanon's existing resources should be prioritized over importing water."Today I drove through Solidere [Downtown Beirut], and they were hosing down the sidewalks," he said, shaking his head.Despite his reservations, Machnouk has submitted an official request to the Turkish government to import 100,000 cubic liters of water a day for a period of four months, starting in September, Qabbani told The Daily Star Wednesday. A water expert who has worked closely with the Water and Energy Ministry said neither location currently has the infrastructure to receive water from a large tankerThe Ministerial Committee dedicated to the water crisis is scheduled to meet Thursday.
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