GCWC declares state of emergency over high turbidity in Nile
Nile River - YOUM7/Kareem Abdel Kareem

CAIRO: The Greater Cairo Water Company (GCWC) declared a state of emergency Sunday regarding high turbidity in the Nile River due to heavy floods over the past week.

“Polluted water is expected to reach Cairo by Wednesday,” GCWC Chairman Mohamed Abd El-Rahman told Youm7 on Sunday.

Rahman added that the GCWC was guaranteeing enough water in reserves to avoid any shortages.

Two days earlier, the governorate of Asyut witnessed a considerable degree of yellow residue comprised of water mixed with sand and rocks, which is not considered chemical or bacterial but simply an increase in minerals in water, said the governor’s advisor for water affairs Mohamed Salah in a statement.

Sometimes water from the Nile does not meet quality standards and is impacted by yellow residue that may change its taste, but such a temporary condition should not be feared for health reasons, Deputy Minister of Health in Asyut Ahmed Abdel Hamid told Youm7.

The health department in Asyut mandated committees to draw samples from filter water ports and inspect them to identify the turbidity percentage and whether the rates exceed a healthy allowance, Hamid said. If so, the ports will be shut until the water meets quality standards, Hamid said.

The water has been cut in many villages in the Qena governorate because of an increased rate of turbidity in the Nile, Al-Ahram newspaper reported on March 11.

The Qena Company for Water and Waste Water shut its water ports for a few days, Al-Ahram reported.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Hassan and Haitham al-Badry.

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