Egypt rehabilitates over 3,000 kms of irrigation canals: Minister

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Nov 2021

Egypt has completed the rehabilitation and lining of 3,134km of irrigation canals, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel-Ati said in a statement on Monday.

Canal rehabilitation
One of the canals after it's rehabilitation which is part of the Egypt s canal rehabilitation and lining project on Monday 8 November, 2021. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Facebook page.

The minister made the announcement during an inspection tour of the water resources and irrigation projects in Fayyoum governorate.

The rehabilitation of irrigation canals is part of the ministry's scheme to boost water development projects and apply modern irrigation techniques, the statement added.

The ministry is currently rehabilitating 4,589km of irrigation canals and preparing to rehabilitate another 1,880 kilometres with the goal of rehabilitating a total of 20,000 kilometres.

Egypt has drawn up a strategy for its water resources through 2050 at a cost of up to EGP 900 billion, including lining and rehabilitating irrigation canals.

The strategy is based on a four-pronged National Water Resources Plan, which runs through 2037 and is based on rationalising the use of water, improving water quality, providing additional water resources, and creating a climate suitable for optimal water management.

Projects being implemented to increase the capacity of the water system include wastewater treatment, seawater desalination, and switching from surface to modern irrigation systems.

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