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The Negev water blog

September 24, 2008

Unrecognised Arab villages in the Negev, township water line, Debra Solomon,
Graphic description of water discrepancy

Put your thumb and index finger together. That hole is the diameter of the incoming water line for an entire village of Bedouin families living in the Negev Desert in Israel. This water doesn’t come from the Israeli water grid, because this village, in official terms does not exist. In this village, like several hundreds of others, around 200 people are using a water line the size of the international hand signal for ‘everything is A-OK’.

Unrecognised Arab villages in the Negev, electrical lines in the Bedouin township, Debra Solomon,
Electrical lines in a Bedouin township criss-cross between the homes

Whilst visiting one such unrecognized village, our group, participants in the One Land project in Ayn Hawd, was generously hosted for lunch by a town elder. Because a part of my brain is permanently in the gutter, and I had just taken photographs of miniscule makeshift water infrastructure, I was surprised to find a Western style flush loo. My curiosity got the better of me and I later asked our host (an articulate engineer) about his loo. He said that here in the Negev, like everywhere else in the world, dry toilets although possibly better suited to a tenuous situation in which every single house here has a demolition order, dry toilets simply suffer from cultural taboos. Just like everywhere else.

Unrecognised Arab villages in the Negev, the generator in the Bedouin township, Debra Solomon,
Building housing the generator supplying electricity to the homes

Dang if that’s not a huge hole in the market, making dry toilets culturally desirable for everyone - and not just folks living in terrible conditions in unrecognized villages. So, who is tackling the cultural taboos associated with dry toilets and who has their heart set on making them aspirational? I’d like to introduce you to some people that I know.

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