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Egypt Allocates $1.2 Billion for Drinking Water, Sanitation in 2013-2014

CAIRO, Egypt

Egypt’s National Authority for Drinking Water and Sanitation (NADWS) will invest $1.2 billion USD in national projects during the 2013-2014 financial year, said Ashraf Kassab, head of the Central Department of Planning at NADWS.

The projects include providing sanitation to 178 villages by the end of next June, for which $393 million USD will be provided.

“In addition, investments will be channelled into 18 large treatment plants with a total capacity of up to 447,000 cubic meters per day,” Kassab said.

He said 100 drinking water projects with a total capacity of up to 1.8 million cubic meters per day are expected to be completed during the current financial year, at a cost of $1 billion USD.

These projects include 26 large treatment plants with a total design capacity of 1,551 cubic meters per day apiece.

“The authority has also channelled investments into building six desalination plants in the Red Sea, North Sinai, South Sinai governorates. Their daily capacity amounts to 29,000 cubic meters each,” he said.

The government recently revealed that it would need around $13 billion USD to ensure 100 percent drinking water and sanitation coverage throughout the country.

Officials said it would take around 15 years to complete these projects.

The government is tendering a number of them as public-private partnerships in the next few months.

The tenders are expected to be worth around $1.8 billion USD.

Egypt will also start a major water and sanitation improvement project using a $156 million USD loan provided by the European Union.

The funds will mainly be directed to replacing old water and sanitation infrastructure throughout the country.