A Syrian refugee fills water containers at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of al-Faour, Bekaa Valley, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Ali Sultan pointed to the puddle on the side of the road by his auto parts shop on an early winter day in Taalabaya.Sultan went 10 days straight without receiving municipal water at his shop on the Chtaura-Zahleh highway in November.Like most Bekaa Valley residents, Sultan winds up paying a private company to fill the tank on his roof every several days, instead. And this water, trucked in from unregulated wells, is not potable, so he has to purchase water for drinking, as well. For Paul Skayem, the water and sanitation project manager at World Vision Lebanon, one of the participating NGOs, who will oversee the rehabilitation of the water networks in Taalabaya and Ablah, the project holds personal significance.If successful, the initiatives will deliver potable water through the municipal pipes to the targeted areas for 24 hours a day, every day.
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