USAID in­vests $3.5bn in Egypt’s wa­ter, waste­water fa­cil­i­ties

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Ha­gar Om­ran

The US Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID), has in­vested over $3.5bn since 1979 to con­struct or up­grade wa­ter and waste­water fa­cil­i­ties in Egypt, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on Mon­day of the US em­bassy in Egypt.

USAID, in co­op­er­a­tion with the As­siut Potable Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Com­pany and Egypt’s Hold­ing Com­pany for Wa­ter and Waste­water, in­au­gu­rated the Mas­sara Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant and the Alexan­dria El Tahreer Waste­water Pump Sta­tion and Col­lec­tion Sys­tem in As­siut Gov­er­norate on Mon­day, added the state­ment.

“Since 2009, USAID’s sup­port has helped over 370,000 res­i­dents of As­siut have ac­cess to potable wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion,” said USAID Egypt Mis­sion Di­rec­tor Sherry Car­lin, adding, “The fa­cil­i­ties we are in­au­gu­rat­ing to­day will im­prove the health and liv­ing con­di­tions, as well as the liveli­hoods, of thou­sands of fam­i­lies.”

The USAID part­ners with the Hold­ing Com­pany for Wa­ter and Waste­water and its sub­sidiaries to con­struct or up­grade wa­ter and waste­water fa­cil­i­ties in un­der­served cities and ru­ral ar­eas us­ing low-main­te­nance tech­nolo­gies and lo­cal con­trac­tors.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the USAID helps to im­prove op­er­a­tions and man­age­ment of the Hold­ing Com­pany and its sub­sidiaries to en­able bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery, noted the state­ment.

No­tably, the USAID has in­vested about $30bn in Egypt since 1978.

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