33% of filtered water wasted yearly: State
Wastewater in Egypt - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Some 33 percent of filtered water produced by the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) is wasted yearly due to “lack of awareness,” deputy head of HCWW Salah Bayoumi was quoted by Youm7 Monday.

In a conference held by HCWW in cooperation with the European Union, Bayoumi said that the state-owned institution produces 10 billion cubic meters of filtered water, of which 3 billion cubic meters are wasted at a cost of 37 million EGP ($4.73 million) daily, amounting to 4.5 million EGP annually.

In the same context, Bayoumi said that supplying rural villages with drinking water is an important item on the government’s agenda, adding that such an accomplishment would cost 110 billion EGP while the entire budget of the facility is 10 billion EGP.

He also said that the government lacks qualified personnel in the second line of officials, and the HCWW is cooperating with the EU to prepare and train youthful cadres.

Per-capita water consumption in Egypt declined by 11.1 percent in 2013/2014, registering 103.4 cubic meters compared with 116.3 cubic meters in 2012/2013, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said in August bulletin.

In May 2014, CAPMAS reported that Egypt is experiencing water poverty, as average water resources per capita are expected to plummet to 582 cubic meters by 2025.

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