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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Oh Water, Our Water, Whereth Arth Thou Water?

Since Ramadan and after the Eid holidays, water has been a problem not only to the building where I reside, but everywhere here in the city. I understand that this is a desert country, obviously and water is a precious commodity, more expensive than gasoline (a bottled water good for one drinking costs SR1.00 while a liter of gasoline cost less than half of that and if only I can bring it back home). At first, I thought that water was being diverted to Mecca and Madinah due to the influx of visitors, tourists and pilgrims in hundreds of thousands doing Umras and visiting these holy places. But I was wrong, a headline in the daily paper caught my attention about the "growing water needs eating into the nation's resources."
It is said that even before Saudis understood the worth of oil, they first know the value of water. But the ever increasing need for water has slowly depleting this country's oil revenues used for desalination which is almost near its limit.
The news also says that the Kingdom's use of water is already twice the global average and increasing at a faster rate due to the rapid expansion of the population and industrialization.
The country's annual average of rainfall is only around 4 inches, this country uses their prehistoric underground aquifers which contain ancient rains or they call "fossil water" which fell thousands of years ago but has become too salty to consume. The only way to make it potable is desalination which according to report was an expensive way to clean it and the finances where being subsidized by their oil resources.
Nowadays the effect is being experienced by every household, there are days when even the water delivery trucks doesn't have water to sell, some people gets to use the 5-gallon drinking water even to bathe ( I wonder if it makes the skin better?) and more and more Arabs are spending less time doing estahammas, lesser than they already do. But we Filipinos cannot just brush it aside, we are as affected as they are cause we use water a lot. Even when our host country wastes their water resources like they don't really care, we should do our part by using it efficiently and when it comes to times like these, we do know what to do.
In the meantime, we have no water for two days, good thing my ever efficient housemate filled every container he can find in the apartment, from pots and pans, to buckets and trashliner-lined laundry baskets which can last for three days, I hope, before water delivery comes.

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