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Ensuring safe, clean water in Egypt
In Egypt the level of sanitary network connections in rural areas is alarmingly low (only 10 percent) compared with urban areas (90 per cent). The Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, in particular, not only has limited coverage but also the highest percentage of bacterial contamination in its water. An estimated 24 per cent of households have one or more members affected by a water-related illness.
Now, a €55 million sovereign loan extended by the EBRD will enable the Kafr el-Sheikh Water and Sanitation Company to provide high-quality sanitation for the first time to almost 500,000 people. The project is co-financed by a €77 million loan from the European Investment Bank and a €32 million investment from the European Union, and complemented by technical assistance grants of €5.2 million.
The project aims to build five wastewater treatment plants, lay about 700 km of pipes and install 52 pump stations. A tailored build-and-operate procurement structure will allow for private sector involvement, fostering commercialisation in the water sector. By improving health and related economic opportunities for the often low-income residents in the region, the project will also promote economic inclusion. In addition, it hopes to substantially reduce the pollution load that flows through irrigation canals into the main fishing lake in the Nile Delta, which could ultimately protect the Mediterranean Sea.