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Waterless in Beirut

BEIRUT | May 15, 2014, 15h52
Par Vivecca Chatila
You never know how much you really love something until you lose it. After spending a few years in Lebanon, I realized I had taken so many things for granted in the United States, like free unlimited Wi-Fi, political stability and water.
I’m sure many of you have experienced this disappointment: You wake up early in the morning, smiling to yourself because you get to take a shower. You take off your clothes, hop in the shower and turn on the faucet waiting for the water to rain down on you and soak your skin…but…nothing comes out, only the squeaking of dried up, waterless pipes. Still naked you get out of your tub and resolve to spray yourself with lots of deodorant and body splash to conceal your disappointment.

Lebanon provides food and shelter for millions of citizens, however, when it comes to running water…let’s just say it’s not the best provider. Water is a basic necessity, not just for humans but for all living things. Take it away, and what have you got?

I lived without running water in my studio apartment for about six months. How in the world did you survive, you ask? Well, I’m here to tell you. I had to shower at the homes of my friends and family. I had to brush my teeth at work. I had to pour in gallons of water into the toilet every single time I wanted to flush. It wasn’t pretty, and sometimes I didn’t smell so great, because you know, friends/family will let you into their homes three or four times, but not every day.

Lebanon is full of unpredictable situations, and don’t get me wrong, I love the excitement but when I wake up in the morning to take a shower, I expect water to come out.
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