Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

Report: Egypt Enhances Water Efficiency, Sanitation Services

Fri 29 Apr 2022 | 01:22 PM

Pure Water is life. It's essential to stay well and have the ability to do everyday activities.

In addition to this, access to pure water and sanitation is indeed a right for everyone and is fundamental to the enjoyment of other rights such as the rights to survival, health, and development as well.

Hence, Egypt's government in collaboration with the UN agencies focused on providing safe water directly to the remote areas and homes of the most deprived families in the past few years.

Since then, Egypt's water infrastructure coverage has grown substantially and its overall contributions show a positive trend over the last years. In 2014, about 91 percent of the Egyptian population received water directly into their residence.

This week, Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center cabinet (IDSC) published a new report highlighting the Egyptian efforts in the water and sanitation sector.

According to the upcoming report, the percentage of the population benefiting from clean drinking water services in 2021 reached 98.7%, compared to 98.5% in 2020.

The report said, "While the percentage of the population benefiting from sanitation services in 2021 reached 66.7%, compared to 61.5% in 2020, the percentage of treated wastewater in Egypt increased from 86.6% in 2020 compared to 74.3% in 2019."

With the help of the UN agencies and as a result of the government's overall contributions, 240 staff from Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) and governorate water companies have received training on managing and sustaining the water networks.

In a recency study released by UNICEF, it said that around 17,832 households were supplied with safe water, reaching an estimate of 90,000 people in rural areas in Upper Egypt and two poor informal settlements of the Cairo city.