United States and Egypt Inaugurate Potable Water and Wastewater Facilities in Upper Egypt

Woman turns on water faucet in her home
Om Nour had to walk five kilometers to access potable water until USAID installed water connections for everyone in Ezbet Shenooda, her village in Assiut governorate in Upper Egypt.
USAID/Farah Mansour

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
USAID/Egypt
cairomedia@usaid.gov

Assiut – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater Treatment, inaugurated five new facilities in Upper Egypt including a training center, three potable water treatment plants, and a wastewater collection facility. 

“Over 560,000 rural inhabitants of Sohag and Assiut now have access to potable water and sanitation,” said Dr. Mary C. Ott, Mission Director at USAID in Egypt.  “This has improved the health and living conditions, as well as the livelihoods, of families in Upper Egypt.”

USAID has invested more than $4.5 billion since 1979 to construct or upgrade water and wastewater facilities that have improved the health and living conditions of more than 22 million Egyptians.  USAID partners with Egyptian counterparts to construct or upgrade water and wastewater facilities in underserved cities and rural areas using appropriate technologies and local contractors.  Additionally, USAID helps to improve operations and management of the Holding Company and its regional subsidiaries to enable better service deliver. 

This initiative is one facet of a comprehensive package of technical assistance from the American people that promotes job creation, improves agricultural and water productivity, improves children’s ability to read in the early grades, reduces infant and maternal mortality rates, and helps to ensure that future generations have the tools to succeed.  These projects are part of the nearly $30 billion that the American people, through USAID, have invested in Egypt since 1975.  

Last updated: October 27, 2014

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