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20% of Egypt’s Nile water share lost through ‘misuse’

Professor Diaaeddin El-Qousi says Egyptians waste 20% of the water allocated to the country under the Nile Waters Agreement

Ahram Online
December 15,2014

Boats sail on the river Nile in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
Boats sail on the river Nile in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptians waste 20 percent of the country’s share of water from the Nile, a water resources expert has said in comments reported by Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Diaaeddin El-Qousi, a professor at the National Institute for Water, said on Sunday that Egyptians “misuse” water by leaving taps running and while washing cars, among other reasons.

Political science professor, Mostafa Elwi, called on Egyptian institutions to cooperate in order to find solutions to the Ethiopian dam issue.

The comments were made at a seminar held by the Research and Strategic Studies Institute for Nile Basin Countries.

Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam has concerned the Egyptian government since May 2013.

The Nile is Egypt’s main source of water, with an allocated flow of 55.5 km3/yr, according to the Nile Waters Agreement between Egypt and Sudan in 1959.



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