Moreover, keeping the water pipeline flowing during civil unrest may pose a bigger problem. The water pipeline was made possible by the participation of a group of developers and engineers from across the globe. The project was further supported and encouraged by the United Nations Development Program. The major aquifer is located in Sabha, an oasis located deep in the desert. Many of the development companies were still maintaining those systems up until recently. However, along with oil companies and other foreign nationals, many of the water system maintenance companies are leaving or have already left the region. According to news reports, Pure Technologies, the Canadian company that is currently maintaining the majority of the pipeline, is pulling its people out of the country. At this time nothing is known as to how the country will keep the pump stations in operation, or who will maintain the vast network of pipeline.
There is no question that where there is drought famine and disease, death follows. With the spectre of a civil war looming and oil revenues drying up, Libyan citizens will need all their resources, especially water, just to survive. After all the protests, and the bloodshed, it would be a terrible twist of fate to deny them the one liquid no one can live without.