EGYPT: A new plant in Al Sawaleh treats domestic wastewater

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A new plant has recently been built to treat the effluent from the city of Al Sawaleh in the Sharqeya governorate of Egypt. The Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) coordinated the sewage treatment project, which is valued at almost 20 million euros.

In Egypt, wastewater management is improving thanks to a new plant. The treatment plant is located in Al Sawaleh, in the Sharqeya governorate in northern Egypt. The state-owned Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) implemented the sewage project.

The new plant takes care of the domestic wastewater of more than 250,000 people, who have recently been connected to the sewerage system of the city of Al Sawaleh. The treated wastewater is returned to nature, reducing pollution that impacts the health of the population and the loss of aquatic biodiversity. By 2020, the rate of access to sanitation in Egypt will reach 66% according to the authorities.

A component of the IWSP

The Al Sawaleh wastewater treatment plant required an investment of nearly 20 million euros. The project is part of the Water and Sanitation Improvement Program (IWSP I). The initiative includes more than 70 projects to improve water supply networks and treatment plants, wastewater collection and treatment system for at least 4 million people in Beheira, Damietta, Gharbeya and Sharqeya. The four governorates located in the Nile Delta in Egypt have an estimated total population of 16.3 million.

In 2020, the IWSP I program also rehabilitated the Mahalla wastewater treatment plant in Gharbeya governorate. The upgraded plant now treats 120,000 m3 of wastewater per day, up from 80,000 m3 before the project was implemented by Metito, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based company specializing in water treatment.

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The European Union (EU), the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German development agency, are participating in the financing of the IWSP I to the tune of 295 million euros, more than 5.1 billion Egyptian pounds. According to our confreres of Daily News Egypt, the projects implemented in Phase I of the Water and Sanitation Improvement Program are almost all completed, under the coordination of HCWW and its affiliated companies in these governorates

Inès Magoum

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