Wafiq Qiblawi tends to the corroded water pipes in Burj al-Barajneh. Mahmoud Kheir 26-08-2011
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"Water is such a vital entity that when it's threatened, people feel the pinch immediately," Nadim Farajalla, an expert in environmental hydrology said.Currently, the European Union finances approximately $86 million-worth of infrastructure projects directly related to the water sector –particularly in the Bekaa Valley and north Lebanon.The Swiss agency had intended to aid over 70,000 refugees with its project, but Abdel-Hadi said that gaining access to clean water continued to be a daily challenge for the refugee community in Burj al-Barajneh.From proper sanitation systems to access to potable water, refugees and nationals alike have suffered from poor domestic management of the dwindling water resources, as well as failed undertakings by foreign organizations.Foreign planners' inability to comprehend both Lebanon's technological limitations and geographical particularities cripple their ability to complete high-quality projects, Farajalla said.Farajalla noted that although many foreign organizers insist on working with local municipalities, such ambitions create further obstacles as the municipalities are "ill-equipped" due to lack of appropriate personnel and finances as well as general corruption.
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