CAIRO: The Greater Cairo Water Company (GCWC) declared it would shut off the water in 17 regions for 12 hours from 6 p.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday due to a leak in a pipe of one of the main water stations, several media outlets reported Sunday.
Water will be shut off in Manshiet el-Sadat, Fadya Kamel, Dar El-Sallam, Malaa, Basateen, Palestine Street in Maadi, Zahraa in Nasr City, Asher, Ezbet al-Hagana and several other districts in Nasr City, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Tagammu al-Taleet in New Cairo and Katameya will also experience reduced water flow.
The GCWC called upon local residents, bakeries and hospitals to carefully manage their water consumption, and arranged for vehicles to distribute free drinking water in these neighborhoods.
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab held a meeting last July with a number of ministers to find “urgent and fast solutions” to continuous water shortages in New Cairo, Youm7 reported.
In the meeting, Mahlab and the ministers suggested installing new pumps in the Tagammu el-Khames and Tagammu districts to improve access to drinking water—especially in highland locations, to be instituted in the next 15-30 days.