Marsa Matrouh entering third week of water shortage

CAIRO: Marsa Matrouh is experiencing a third consecutive week of a potable water crisis that locals say is threatening their tourism season, El-Balad reported.

Many residents are dependent upon water cars that transport it to citizens and hotels.

In Upper Egypt, dozens of residents of El-Batatkha village, few kilometers away from Qena city, have also been searching for potable water, and are refusing to drink tap water, which they say is brackish and smells foul, , Shorouq reported.

The annual cost of the environmental degradation of water in Egypt amounts to 1 percent of the GDP, according to the United Nations’ fourth World Water Development Report released in 2012.

The report added that every person in Egypt consumes about 250 liters of water daily, and the annual cost of that is $8,000 per capita.

A May 2014 report released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that Egyptians had an annual per capita use of 663 cubic meters of water, which was below the water poverty line, and this share was expected to further decline to 582 cubic meters per capita by 2025.

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