CAIRO: A Qena Paper Industry Company will plant 100 acres of forest trees as an environmental move to dispose of industrial wastewater in irrigation, Youm7 reported Friday.
The National Authority for Potable Water and Sewage will execute the project, company Board of Directors chairman Tawfik Abdel Hakim told Youm7.
He said planting the trees will also give the company a renewable source of paper sources and benefit the industrial wastewater. The project execution is scheduled for 18 months.
Planting the trees was a solution suggested in meetings by Ministers of Environment and Irrigation, aiming to solve the issue of factories dumping wastewater in the Nile and other water streams.
Qena authorities decided to remove all obstacles that could halt the execution of planting forest trees, which will cost around 130 million EGP.
Qena governor Abdel Hameed el-Haggan discussed in a Thursday meeting the issue of industrial wastewater of factories near the Nile and took necessary measures to prevent the drainage, including building stations to treat wastewater, El-Balad news reported.
The meeting was attended by a number of officials and representatives from several factories near the Nile and concluded that each factory should present a plan regarding solving its environmental situation.
Head of Environmental Affairs Authority in Qena Ahmed Abu el-Souod went on an inspection tour in the industrial facilities after the meeting with a number of officials, according to several news outlets.
The visit is based on presidential orders to the Ministry of Environment to take the necessary measures to protect the Nile River from pollution, especially from industrial facilities.