In line with MOIC’s efforts to secure necessary funds for the implementation of sanitation projects, and in coordination with the European Commission (EC), a workshop was held on 28 July 2016 under the title of “Improving Water Quality in Kitchener Drain”. In this regard, MOIC invited all relevant ministries and beneficiary governorates to identify the developments achieved within the framework of the project’s preliminary feasibility study, thus a comprehensive evaluation of the project can be submitted to the International Financial Institutions to secure relevant funds.
The workshop was attended by representatives from the EC, the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the project’s consultant, the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW); the Ministries of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities, Environment, Water Resources & Irrigation and Local Development; and the Governorates of Kafr El-Sheikh, Gharbyia and Daqahlyia as well as Mr. Hisham Farag and Mr. Mohammed Shaker, officials in charge of the EIB file at MOIC.
All participants agreed on the importance of financing the project in line with the government’s priorities, taking into consideration that the project would have a positive impact on the quality of water in the three relevant governorates, and that Egypt’s sanitation sector needs more than EGP 155 billion for its development up to a level that satisfies citizens.
The workshop identifies three main pillars of the project:
The study concluded that there are nearly 140 disadvantaged villages, including 1.3 million citizens, thus priority would be given to the most densely populated areas in terms of delivering sanitation services.
2- Solid Waste:
Residents of the three governorates depend on landfills to get rid of 20-30% of the solid waste through incineration in light of the absence of an integrated system to treat such waste, besides throwing such waste along either sides of the drain, causing significant wastewater pollution. therefore, the study recommends the establishment of public landfills in the three governorates as well as 11 waste sorting plants, thereby decreasing solid waste as far as possible.
3- Industrial Wastewater:
It is worth noting that industrial wastewater is one of the major sources of pollution, due to the many factories that discharge their waste directly to the drain, especially in El-Mahalla El-Kubra.
At the end of the workshop, the project’s manager emphasized his deep appreciation of MOIC and all Egyptian ministries and governorates contributing to the project, indicating that the last workshop would include the final outcomes of the study.