EU funds national water resources plan

22-06-2015 01:15 PM

Mary Fikry Antoun Milad

The EU is supporting Egypt’s National Water Resources Plan, as part of its Water Sector Reform Programme Phase II (WSRP II), with a first workshop held in Cairo on 14 June.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation is now taking the necessary steps to prepare the National Water Resources Plan for 2017-2037, in order to reach the most appropriate ways to secure Egypt’s water resources in the future in terms of quantity and quality.

The workshop was attended by a number of governors, representatives of the EU Delegation to Egypt, donors’ representatives interested in water issues and strategic planning as well as a large group of experts and specialists in water resources management.

To help Egypt improve the functioning of its water sector, the EU is funding a technical assistance project of the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) for technical studies and strategy development, as part of the Water Sector Reform Programme – Phase II (WSRP-Phase II).

The 2.4 million Euro project will significantly contribute to all three objectives of the WSRP-Phase II: a more robust and coherent institutional framework with clearly defined water policy and strategy, better performing water service providers, better use of existing water resources by improving the operational efficiency of affiliated companies, reducing water losses and reusing treated wastewater as well as protecting public health and the environment.

Specifically, the project aims to provide HCWW with a Strategic plan for Technical Losses Reduction, improve the management of Reverse Osmosis Plants Brine Disposal and the adoption of suitable regulation on this matter, and update the National Rural Sanitation Strategy.


Watani International

22 June 2015


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