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Egypt's sewage network needs $13 million and 15 years to complete: Minister

For the 40 million Egyptians to get sanitation services it will take $13 million and 15 years, according to Drinking Water and Sanitation Utilities Minister

MENA, Monday 22 Oct 2012
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Egypt needs 80 billion pounds and 15 years to complete the sewerage network: Utilities Minister

To complete the implementation of the sewerage network, Egypt needs LE 80 millions and 15 years

Egypt needs LE80 million ($13 million) to complete the implementation of the sewage network plans and given the funds currently available, it will take roughly 15 years says Abdel Qawi Khalifa, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Utilities on Sunday evening.

This came during a press conference held by EU ambassador in Cairo, James Moran, on Sunday evening. The conference marked the EU's first disbursement dedicated to supporting policies in the energy sector in the sum of 10 million Euros ($13 million) and another supporting water sector policies worth 22 million Euros (almost $29 million).

Khalifa further explained that currently the sanitation services cover only 50 per cent of Egyptians. This means that roughly 40 million citizens do not have access to potable water nor sewer services in their homes.

Meanwhile, a number of NGOs have taken initiatives to find unconventional low-cost solutions for villages that lack sanitation services.

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