According to GVC’s research, 75 percent of people surveyed in the Bekaa expressed dissatisfaction with the quality and reliability of their water services.
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Enraged by shoddy services, many residents of the Bekaa Valley have stopped paying water bills altogether in protest.Mismanagement of Lebanon's ongoing water crisis has made public access to the resource difficult in the driest season of the year, and although water is theoretically accessible to everyone, reality tells another story.According to recent research conducted by Italian NGO Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (Civil Volunteer Group, or GVC), 75 percent of people surveyed in the Bekaa expressed dissatisfaction with the quality and reliability of their water services.Those with means to provide it are more than happy to exploit consumers, creating a new "black market" for water.The demand for water should not dramatically outweigh supply. According to a 2015 research report published by the Issam Fares Institute, Lebanon yields around 2,700 million cubic meters of water, while annual demand is between 1,473 and 1,530 million cubic meters.In addition to water establishments, municipalities and residents, the private sector could benefit from proper management by tapping into consumers that currently rely on poor third party sources.
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