Egypt invests 174 bln pounds in drinking water, sanitation sectors in 6yrs – minister

Egypt has invested around 174 billion Egyptian pounds ($11 billion) in drinking water and sanitation sectors in six years, said its housing minister on Saturday.

Assem El-Gazzar made these remarks during inaugurating a number of projects by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, adding that the country’s production of drinking water per day reached 33.6 million cubic metres.

Since 2014 until July 2020, the Ministry of Housing carried out 1,231 drinking water and sanitation plants in towns and rural areas, at a cost estimated at about 124 billion pounds, El-Gazzar added.

The ministry seeks to complete 205 sanitation plants in rural areas as part of the Egyptian government’s 2020-2021 plan, at an expected cost worth 300 billion pounds, he said.

The housing ministry implemented 54 bilateral and triple treatment plants in Upper Egypt, at a capacity of 14 billion pounds, El-Gazzar concluded.

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