Egypt on course of becoming world’s largest nation in water re-use

Egypt’s water and sanitation minister assures the continent that Egypt will be the largest water re-cycling nation globally [Image:courtesy]
According to Egypt’s minister of irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aaty, Egypt is implementing a number of water-related projects in many governorates.

“The ministry is carrying out a project to convey agricultural wastewater in the western Delta to the water treatment plant in Hammam area, which is currently being established with a capacity of 7.50 million m3/day, with the aim of reclaiming new areas of agricultural land in the western Delta region, depending on treated agricultural wastewater.” Abdel Aaty said.

“Another project is being carried out to establish water transfer paths from the Bahr al-Baqar water treatment plant in North and central Sinai regions with a capacity of 5.60 million m3/day, with the aim of reclaiming new agricultural land in North and central Sinai, depending on the treated Bahr al-Baqar drainage water,” he added.

In line with the minister, the project includes two pipelines with a length of 105 km and 18 lifting stations.

The Guinness World Records registered Bahr al-Baqar water treatment plant as the largest water treatment plant in the world, at a disposal of 5.60 million m3/day.

According to the minister’s explanation, with the completion of the water treatment and recycling projects in Bahr al-Baqar and Hamam, Egypt will become the largest country in the world in reusing water.

It has been gathered that the number of recycling times will reach five times, he said, stressing that high salinity wastewater has been transformed from a problem into an opportunity for development and to meet the growing needs.