GCWC declares state of emergency after Nile turbidity reachs Cairo
Head of GCWC Mohamed Abdel Rahman - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRA: The Greater Cairo Water Company (GCWC) declared a state of emergency Friday after the Nile River’s turbidity arrived to Cairo from Upper Egypt, Youm7 reported.

Head of GCWC Mohamed Abdel Rahman told Youm7 Friday that water would not be cut off in the governorate but that strict measures were taken to guarantee water reserves could counter shortages.

Gamila Hassan, professor of biology at The National Research Center (NRC), told Veto Gate news that the high turbidity in the Nile River was caused by sediments from Upper Egypt floods that led to a build up of mud and rock fragmentation.

Hassan said that water stations would add alum to purify water and thus the sedimentation period would be extended, saying that only alum and not other chemicals could be used for water purification.

“Water should not contain more than 0.2 mg of aluminum per liter” she added, saying that the increase of the aluminum ratio in water would have a negative impact on the human heath.

Head of the National Water and Sanitation Sompany in Red Sea, Nageh Mohamed told Al-Ahram news Thursday that public water consumption should be rationed, but only as a precautionary measure, since there is enough water reserved to avoid shortages.

The turbidity reached Cairo after the Nile River and its branches in Upper Egypt were muddied by sand and foreign particles during bad weather conditions over the past week.

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