Egypt’s population boom and the resurgent health of its economy have secured a wide range of sociopolitical benefits for the country as it looks towards the achievement of even greater levels of progress. One of the critical factors that will make Egypt’s growth sustainable is the attainment of sufficient clean water supplies through the development of the country’s sanitation and wastewater treatment capacity.
The Egyptian Government plans to achieve this critical objective primarily through the implementation of two national schemes: the National Rural Sanitation Program and the Improved Water and Wastewater Services Program II. These initiatives are being spearheaded by the Ministry of Housing and Utilities and involve an expansive variety of international stakeholders including wastewater technology service providers, construction firms and funding organizations such as the World Bank.
Already the planned investments for the implementation of these two schemes amount to more than $880 million for this fiscal year ($550 for the NRSP and $330 million for the IWSP II). Ultimately, these initiatives represent billions more in continued investments as their implementation will carry into the 2020s and will require the adoption of their latest wastewater and sanitation technologies and best practices.