Egyptian minister announces new water projects

Published June 14th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Egyptian minister of housing, Muhammad Ibrahim Suleiman, has recently announced that 39 projects for the production of potable water, with an estimated cost of one billion Egyptian pounds ($258 million), will shortly be offered as government tenders.  


Most of the projects are located in the less developed region of Upper Egypt. With the completion of these projects, the last 240 Egyptian villages would gain access to drinking water, thus ensuring 100 percent country coverage, stated the minister.  


Suleiman also announced the third phase of the Luxor sewerage system, which is intended to answer city requirements through 2017. The project includes a new sewerage plant, with a capacity of 22,000 cubic meters a day, in order to reduce the level of subterranean water in the city.  


The Luxor project will be 85 percent financed by USAID. Over the next 16 years, the Egyptian government plans to cover all Egyptian villages with a proper sewerage system that is estimated to cost EP 25 billion. ― (MENA Report)

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