Egypt completes $92m water santitation projects
Egypt's housing ministry plans to provide sewage services for 40% of the country's villages within two years, an increase of 25% from the current rate
Egypt's Ministry of Housing announced the completion of 83 drinking water and sanitation projects, along with 112 sanitation projects in villages.
Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said the Construction Authority for Potable Water and Wastewater (CAPW) completed eight sanitation projects in five satellite cities, with an investment cost of $92m (EGP700m).
Of these, three projects were in New Cairo, two projects were in the Burg Al-Arab area in Alexandria, and one project in 6th of October City, 10th of Ramadan City and Badr City each.
Additionally, four drinking water projects were completed in three satellite cities, with an investment cost of $366m (EGP2.8bn), as well as two projects in the 10th of Ramadan City, and one for both Obour City and Burg Al-Arab.
The ministry will begin operating tests for these projects, and they will begin work officially within three weeks after the completion date.
Madbouly stressed that the random, informal construction in Giza is behind the current water crisis, declaring that for the first time, sanitation and drinking water projects' investments exceed $917m (EGP7bn) during the current fiscal year.
"The National Organisation for Potable Water and Sanitary Drainage (NOPWASD) has implemented 40 projects for drinking water, with a total capacity of 1.2m cubic meters per day, at an investment cost of $825m (EGP6.3bn)," said Madbouly.
He adds, "Twenty-three sanitation projects have been completed, with a capacity of 400,000 cubic metres per day, with an investment cost $438m (EGP3.3bn), as well as the completion of 112 sanitation projects for villages at a cost of $262m (EGP2bn)."
The minister noted that the CAPW completed eight sanitation projects in Greater Cairo and Alexandria, with an investment cost $118m (EGP901m). The ministry plans to provide sewage services for approximately 40% of villages within two years, with an increase of 25% from the current rate.
In addition, it plans to cover the remainder of the villages within another two years to reach 100% coverage in the fifth year.