Diesel spill spotted in river in Qena, main water plant temporarily closed
Nile River - YOUM7/Kareem Abdel Kareem

CAIRO: A main drinking water plant feeding Deshna town in Upper Egypt’s Qena was closed after a diesel spot was spotted, Youm7 reported Friday.

The cause of the spill has not been announced yet.

The chairman of the Drinking water and Sanitation Company in Qena, Hani Hamdy, told Youm7 that the spill is being dissolved, and that the water plant was closed as a precaution to prevent the leak to spread to other areas.

Hamdy noted that the plant will be opened within hours after the spill is controlled.

In August, some 13 drinking water stations in Upper Egypt’s governorates of Asyut and Minya were closed after a diesel leakage caused by a steam power plant.

The environment police surrounded the spill with rubber barriers and the unit causing the leakage was closed, after reportedly has not received maintenance since its construction in 1960.


Additional reporting by Hend el-Maghraby

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