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Tuesday June 30, 2020

Egypt: 20 billion cubic meters of water deficit

The World – Egypt

According to the Egyptian “Al-Shorouk” website, Abdel-Ati said during the opening of a number of major national projects in the presence of President El-Sisi that the Egyptian state “does not wait for problems to solve them but rather predict, confront and prepare for them”, noting that no country in Africa reuses water more than once And it is highly salty except Egypt.

He pointed out that there is a water gap in Egypt close to 20 billion cubic meters, pointing out that Egypt is the second country in the world in terms of the percentage of using treated water.

The Minister of Agriculture touched on the Al-Mohsenah project, which treats one million cubic meters per day, agricultural wastewater, and the Bahr Al-Baqar project, which treats about 5.6 per day, considering that it is one of the largest projects in the world, and that Egypt is the second country in the world and is reusing it after entering the Bahr Al-Baqr project In service in terms of percentage, but in terms of quantity, Egypt is the highest country in the world in re-use of treated water.

The Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Ati said that his country depends on the Nile River for 97% of its resources, and its population is based on only 5% of its area and the rest of the areas are desert.

According to the Egyptian “Al-Shorouk” website, Abdel-Ati said during the opening of a number of major national projects in the presence of President El-Sisi that the Egyptian state “does not wait for problems to solve them but rather predict, confront and prepare for them”, noting that no country in Africa reuses water more than once And it is highly salty except Egypt.

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He pointed out that there is a water gap in Egypt close to 20 billion cubic meters, pointing out that Egypt is the second country in the world in terms of the percentage of using treated water.

The Minister of Agriculture touched on the Al-Mohsenah project, which treats one million cubic meters per day, agricultural wastewater, and the Bahr Al-Baqar project, which treats about 5.6 per day, considering that it is one of the largest projects in the world, and that Egypt is the second country in the world and is reusing it after entering the Bahr Al-Baqr project In service in terms of percentage, but in terms of quantity, Egypt is the highest country in the world in re-use of treated water.

The Minister of Water Resources presented programs to confront water deficits, through which water is recycled and seawater desalinated to meet the requirements of drinking water, coastal areas, future development, rain harvest, canal rehabilitation and lining works to raise the efficiency of water transport and a modern irrigation program to raise the efficiency of field irrigation in 6 million acres and reduce Crops consuming water such as rice, bananas and sugar cane.

He added that the rate of complaints in 2016 reached 1,800 complaints, and this year 2020 complaints amounted to 200 complaints, stressing that the goal of the ministry is to resolve all complaints in the coming period.

He added that the program of modern irrigation is being implemented in cooperation with several ministries, explaining that the state and farmers are partners in this program, and its cost is 60 billion pounds, and the Bahr Al-Cow project is about to be implemented.

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Cairo fears the potential negative impact of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which sparked a crisis between Addis Ababa, Egypt and Sudan, on the flow of its annual share of the Nile River’s water, which amounts to 55.5 billion cubic meters, while Sudan gets 18.5 billion.

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