CAIRO: A Japanese company will begin the treatment of Kitchener drainage channel in the next few days, Kafr el-Sheikh Governor Assayed Nasr told Youm7 in a Saturday report.
The polluted water of the channel is reportedly the cause of several cancers and diseases; hazardous industrial waste and chemicals from textile, leather tanning, and oil and soap factories are dumped into the waterway.
The polluted Kitchener channel irrigates farmland in three Delta governorates; Gharbia, Dakahlia and Kafr el-Sheikh, as there is no alternative. Kitchener will be treated in six locations; three in Gharbia and three in Kafr el-Sheikh, Nasr said, adding that the treatment plant will be based in Baltim Mediterranean town of Kafr el-Sheikh.
Some 24 factories dump their waste into Kitchener, according to Nasr. Further, hundreds of villages dump their waste into Kitchener for the lack of a drainage system.
A short-term plan by the Irrigation Ministry to resolve the issue is to seek Japanese expertise to treat the water, and a long-term plan is to provide villages along Kitchener with drainage facilities, Nasr said.