85% of Egypt’s rural areas have no sanitation system
Minister of Housing Moustafa Madbouly - YOUM7/Ahmed Arab

CAIRO: Eighty-five percent of Egypt’s rural areas have no access to sanitation systems, and developments to the system will cost at least 100 billion EGP, Youm7 reported, quoting Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly in a Monday conference.

Madbouly presented during the conference, held Monday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Irrigation, the problems of the sanitation system in Egypt which he said is a “burden that we inherited, besides the large violations of the sanitation stations.” He also mentioned that the cost of the development at the meantime is beyond the ministry’s funding.

“We need two billion EGP annually to replace and renew the old water network, in addition to the problem of water tanks inside buildings which need to be maintained on regular basis,” added Madbouly.

In the same context, Madbouly explained that the solution to the problems of non-purified water and its outage also depends on citizens’ awareness.

During the past three years, all the developmental projects regarding this matter were halted. Madbouly mentioned that about 27 projects were activated since the Ibrahim Mahlab assumed the position of Prime Minsiter.

A tripartite protocol between ministries of Environment, Housing, and Irrigation was enforced, following which a technical committee was formed to implement plans stipulated in the agreement, according to Madbouly’s statements during the conference.

Minister of Local Development Adel Labib announced Sunday that an amount of money estimated at 30 million EGP of Egypt’s fund was allocated by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to develop 10 of Egypt’s poorest villages.

Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Monday that 20 million EGP will be allocated for providing access to drinking water and sanitation systems, and 10 million EGP will be allocated for building three schools in two villages in Qena governorate.

Additional Reporting by Manal el-Essawi and Asmaa Nassar

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