Friday, October 15, 2010

Normal life? ... bye bye. We're heading to a water disaster

Words like - mismanagement, bad management, over use, wasting, shortage, poor infrastructure, over consumption - kept popping up in the articles I kept reading to know more about water crisis. We are truly heading to a water disaster, and I am not "just saying".

Now okay, I want to break this to you in not so many words, but yet there are a lot of info out there, nevertheless I really want you to realize as well what a big problem we're heading to concerning water in our country Lebanon.

Experts estimate that demand for water in Lebanon will have increased by more than 80 percent by 2025 as Lebanon’s population is expected to grow from four to 7.6 million. In the same period, as a result of climate change, average summer temperatures in the country are predicted to increase by 1.2 degrees centigrade [1].

For those who care less about water:
  1. Do you not drink water? and survive?
  2. Do you not need others to water plants and trees in order to produce fruits and vegetables that we eat?
  3. How do you preserve your hygiene?
  4. How is the cleanliness of your house and office and every place you go to preserved?


What makes Lebanon have advantages over neighboring countries:
  • Lebanon has the highest annual rainfall in the region, averaging 827mm 
  • Lebanon has the most water of any Middle Eastern countries
  • Lebanon has 12 small rivers, more than 36 streams and thousands of springs and waterfalls [2]
Yet we still have the need to buy water [2], and some of us get government water 3 times a week and not for the whole day. 

Main problems of Lebanon:
  1. Rainfalls go directly to the sea [2] <-- we're not storing water
  2. Not enough dams [2] <-- we're not storing water
  3. Water thirst already exists in Bekaa valley, which 40 percent of residents are dependent on agriculture as their main source of living, and it is increasing, which will lead us to rely more on irrigation [1]
  4. Government's unclear and inefficient water management plans so far
  5. Conflict with Israel and some problems from Syria over the water we have
  6. Growing concerns about quality of potable water due to nearing factories and their waste [3]
  7. Dirty people who throw their garbage near rivers.
  8. There are really not much clear studies about water, seems like data and numbers are being hidden. Why?

What we can do on an individual level:
  • We can take shorter showers. 
  • Close the tap when you're not using it
  • Simply use water wisely
Future Risks:
  • That nice lengthy daily shower... bye bye
  • Affordable potable water... bye bye
  • Clean water... bye bye
  • Agriculture (economy) ... bye bye
  • Normal life?... bye bye
By future I mean only in 15 years. 


[1] IRIN News
[2] VOA News
[3] Study by Hussein Amery

This post is part of Blog Action Day 2010.


  1. Excellent Lilian! I'm so happy you posted this well written article. They're very small changes, and yet, people seem to find it so difficult!

  2. THANKS FOR THE INFO.I hurried up and created a sticker after i saw your post! :-)

  3. Excellent, informative and useful! Love the #BAD10 post :-)

  4. Thankos! glad I added some info for you guys :)

  5. Thanks for taking the time to collect the stats,,even though they are scary..We all contribute to this problem, so it's up to us to fix it!

  6. well said,
    a great idea would be turning it into a poster/Infographic, it would b great to post it at school/homes/institutions, instead of those boring -barely-informative fliers