File Photo: Traditional Egyptian 'Felucca' boats sail on the Nile river in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan.(Photo: Reuters)
The Egyptian governorate of Aswan has announced the launching of a major operation to renovate the sanitation and drinking water networks in the Upper Egyptian governorate at a cost of EGP 1.2 billion.
Aswan's Governor Ahmed Ibrahim recently explained that the integrated project, which has been mandated to the governorate by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, will involve the Engineering Authority and various ministries.
The renovation plan was first considered during a check-up done to evaluate the technical status of sanitation stations in the governorate and power generators in Abu El-Reesh.
Residents in the towns of Abu El-Reesh, Koum Ombou, and Aqaba in the governorate complained earlier this month about the limited access to drinking water, blockages in major drainage systems, and power blackouts that cause interruptions in water supply.
The EGP 1 billion plan includes an estimated cost of EGP 25 million for raising the capacities of power stations, power generators and potable water infrastructure.
The population of Aswan governorate is estimated at 1.5 million, according to recent government statistics.