Within 18 months, 19 desalination plants worth a total of LE11 billion and whose total daily production is 550,000 cubic meters will be inaugurated. The projects are constructed within a strategy to increase Egypt's water resources, and secure water for irrigation. The value of the strategy – launched in 2020 - is LE435 billion, and is scheduled to be accomplished by 2050. Deputy Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Areas Sayed Ismail highlighted that 223 two-phase and three-phase wastewater treatment plants are being built across the country to ensure the optimum use of water resources. Furthermore, rain water harnessing projects are being implemented and studies.