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In many ways, Beirut is the capital of resilience and generosity.Lebanon's severe water shortage affects 1.6 million people in Beirut and the Mount Lebanon area, but especially the poorest neighborhoods of the city where 460,000 residents living on less than $4 a day have to make do with only a few hours of drinking water each day.After having lived here in Beirut for more than a year now, I have found that almost every resident of Beirut can tell you about their own unique strategy for obtaining water and dealing with the water crisis.The Lebanese government decided already back in the 1950s to capture some of Lebanon's abundant rainfall by building a dam next to the town of Bisri to capture and rechannel the water for use by residents of Beirut and the Mount Lebanon area. Under the plan, which is supported by the World Bank, the fresh water would travel naturally by gravitational pull through a 26-kilometer tunnel and be treated for quality at the Wardanieh water treatment plant before providing residents of Beirut with safe and clean drinking water.
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