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19 New Projects to Solve Egypt’s Water Problems

In an effort to satiate a growing population, 19 Desalination plants are being built to purify water from the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

Staff Writer

Egypt’s minister of housing, Mostafa Madbouli, confirmed that six out of the 19 desalination plants - already being construscted in Egypt - will be fully functioning by the end of 2018, Egypt Independent reported on Wednesday.

Having already witnessed a number of seawater desalination plants built in the coastal gorvernorate of Marsa Matrouh - and capable of cleansing 100,000 cubic meters of sea water daily - the country's national water plan includes wastewater treatment plants and the ongoing construction of desalination plants; meant to produce 1.6 million cubic meters of water daily. 

Madbouli emphasizes that this comes in an effort to meet the requirements of drinkable water for an increasing population, and to support development projects and new residential cities, more specifically within the coastal governorates. 

Head of Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority, Kamal Al-Wazeir affirmed in 2017, the construction of the largest seawater desalination plant in the world which would be in the Suez governorate of Ain Sokhna. 

Expected to be able to purify 164,000 cubic meters of sea water daily, Al-Wazeir said: "the desalination station will benefit the economic zone located northwest of Suez Gulf, as well as support other three giant desalination stations located inside Al Galala, east of Port Said Governorate, and the New Al Alamein City."

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