[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: $4 billion invested in desalination is less than
1,000 million cubic meters of water a year output.]
The Egyptian state won't allow a water crisis to take place: President Sisi
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has revealed a LE70 billion water
treatment and desalination project as part of Egypt's water-security
Ahram Online , Monday 8 Jan 2018
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Monday that the Egyptian
state would not allow the nation to be hit by a water shortage, pointing to
steps taken to protect water resources and ensure they are properly managed.
El-Sisi made the comments as he announced the construction of Egypt's
biggest water treatment and desalination project, costing almost LE70
"We won't allow a water-shortage crisis to occur in Egypt. We have not only
to keep our share of the Nile, but but also to use our share to the
maximum," he said during a short statement.
"Egypt is currently carrying out the biggest water treatment and
desalination project, just in case of any circumstances concerning the
sharing of water."
The water treatment and desalination project was highlighted by El-Sisi at
the inauguration of several national transportation and residential projects
in Cairo's 10th of Ramadan Cty.
"This is not for luxury but to resolve a possible situation," he said,
adding that he did not want to elaborate more.
Egypt has expressed concerns over Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
(GERD) project, saying it will affect Egypt's share of Nile River water, a
claim rejected by Ethiopia.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been involved in talks for the past three
years concerning the dam and its effect on the downstream countries. The
Nile River is the main source of fresh water in Egypt.
El-Sisi said that the government started implementing the water treatment
and desalination project three months ago.
"This is our country, and water for agriculture and drinking must be secured
for citizens from Aswan to Alexandria, so that no problem will occur later
and we say that we are not ready for it," he added.