EGYPT: the Luxor wastewater treatment plant is back in operation

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EGYPT: the Luxor wastewater treatment plant is back in operation©Kekyalyaynen/Shutterstock

In Egypt, the project to extend the Luxor wastewater treatment plant in the governorate of the same name was completed. The modernized plant has just been put back into service with a treatment capacity of 36,000 m3 of wastewater per day.

The Luxor wastewater treatment plant in the eponymous governorate was restarted on September 19th, 2020, 3 years after the start of the extension works of the facility (March 6th, 2017). At that time, the plant had a capacity of 20,000 m3 of water per day.

With the modernization of the treatment plant, this capacity was increased by 16,000 m3 per day, allowing the plant to have a capacity of 36,000 m3 of wastewater per day. This treatment capacity should make it possible to meet the population growth in the city of Luxor expected over the next two decades.

The treated water from the Luxor wastewater treatment plant will be used, among other things, for irrigation. The plant will handle the wastewater produced by 250,000 inhabitants of the city, as well as the populations of the surrounding villages. The plant is expected to serve 332,000 people by 2037.

A project financed by the Usaid

The wastewater treatment plant extension project was implemented by the Luxor Water and Sewerage Company and financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “The extension of the wastewater treatment plant in Luxor complements the Egyptian facilities management agreement, which aims to develop the water and wastewater sectors. The partnership, worth approximately $450 million, was signed between the Egyptian government, represented by the Ministry of International Cooperation, and USAID,” said Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation.

Since 1978, the U.S. Agency for International Development has invested nearly $30 billion in Egypt. More than $3.5 billion has been used to build or upgrade water and wastewater facilities in the North African country.

Inès Magoum

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