Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has revealed an LE.70 billion water treatment and desalination project as part of Egypt’s water-security strategy.
The President said on Monday that the Egyptian state would not allow the nation to be hit by a water shortage, pointing to steps taken to protect water resources and ensure they are properly managed. El-Sisi made the comments as he announced the construction of Egypt’s biggest water treatment and desalination project. El-Sisi said that the government started implementing the water treatment and desalination project three months ago. “We
won’t allow a water-shortage crisis to occur in Egypt.
We have not only to keep our share of the Nile, but also to use our share to the maximum,” he said during a short statement. “Egypt is currently carrying out the biggest water treatment and desalination project, just in case of any circumstances concerning the sharing of water.” The water treatment and desalination project was highlighted by El-Sisi at the inauguration of several national transportation and residential projects in Cairo’s 10th of Ramadan Cty. “This is not for luxury but to resolve a possible situation,” he said, adding that he did not want to elaborate more.
Egypt has expressed concerns over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project, saying it will affect Egypt’s share of Nile River water, a claim rejected by Ethiopia. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been involved in talks over the past three years concerning the dam and its effect on the downstream countries.