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20% of Egypt's Nile water share lost through ‘misuse’

Professor Diaaeddin El-Qousi says Egyptians waste 20% of the water allocated to the country under the Nile Waters Agreement

Ahram Online , Monday 15 Dec 2014
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Boats sail on the river Nile in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptians waste 20 percent of the country’s share of water from the Nile, a water resources expert has said in comments reported by Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Diaaeddin El-Qousi, a professor at the National Institute for Water, said on Sunday that Egyptians “misuse” water by leaving taps running and while washing cars, among other reasons.

Political science professor, Mostafa Elwi, called on Egyptian institutions to cooperate in order to find solutions to the Ethiopian dam issue.

The comments were made at a seminar held by the Research and Strategic Studies Institute for Nile Basin Countries.

Ethiopia's construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam has concerned the Egyptian government since May 2013.

The Nile is Egypt's main source of water, with an allocated flow of 55.5 km3/yr, according to the Nile Waters Agreement between Egypt and Sudan in 1959.

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Amanuel b
16-12-2014 01:43pm
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Don't always be greedy
People always talk the Egyptian Officials are deliberately ignoring their people from talking that the source of Nile is Ethiopia of which 85% of the water is coming from. Telling such facts will benefit both people. This time Ethiopia is moving forward and Egypt can not be much threat to Ethiopia. The only solution to resolve the controversy is sharing the water equitably among the Nile basin countries. Cos the water is a gift of God. To this effect I would like to request one simple question to any one of you " can you deny a person from drinking or using his and only his home driven water even though you have zero contribution to his sources?" This is what happens by Egypt. GERD is a mega project that can change and benefit all the downstream countries which progress a win win approach by solving Elecricity shortage of Ethiopia and exporting it to neighboring countries in this regard Ethiopia Gov't invites all stake holders to take part in. Let share it don't be greedy
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Thaile
16-12-2014 10:11am
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How can we use the nile water equitably
Dear Editor, The comment made by the professor is very true. Egypt is not only losing water through misusing but also evaporation. According to some studies More than 30% of the Nile water is lost before it is ready for use because of the heat by evaporation. That means we are losing 50% of the water. In this context the Ethiopian dam will contribute positively to reduce the amount of water we are using through evaporation. secondly it will not be fair to oppose countries when they are planning to use the Nile water since the water is till enough to all of us. The only thing we need is cooperation and agree on equitable use of water.
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Aladdin, Egypt
15-12-2014 04:53pm
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Thanks AO for addressing this national problem related to life-or-death of crops, people, etc. It is definitely more than 20%. I hope you follow this report by how it was lost, and how we can save water by framers, people, government, etc. Tahya Misr
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General
15-12-2014 03:33pm
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Better to think new agreement
Still you are with the false agreement of 19959? By the agreement the suizecannel was supposed to GB! Did you hand over that? Think about that
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