School going children are not spared either as a times they have to sacrifice their education and remain at home babysitting their younger siblings as their mothers set out in search of the precious commodity.
The decision paves the way for the city’s Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate to enter into a partnership with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to proceed with plans to fast track the project, considering the severity of the drought currently facing the city.
Acwa Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants in 13 markets, has finalised the project agreements for the 200MW Kom Ombo PV (photovoltaic) plant in Egypt.
Construction of the plant is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2021 and upon completion, Kom Ombo PV will cater to the power needs of 130,000 households and offset 336,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The signing of the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), network connection contract and usufruct agreement was conducted via a virtual ceremony held with senior government officials and representatives from the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC); The New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), and Acwa Power.
On Friday this week, Morocco’s Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, traveled to the region to inspect the construction sites of several road and water projects in the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region.
In the city of Laayoune, Amara and Abderrahim El Hafidi, the director general of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water visited the construction sites of desalination and wastewater treatment plants.
The North African country has recently launched an infrastructure development programme whereby construction stakeholders are building desalination plants to overcome water scarcity, reduce pollution and to help preserve the environment, while also allowing to better utilise the Nile water.
In Africa, population growth is amplifying the challenges related to drinking water supply. On the occasion of World Water Day, Afrik 21 decrypt the challenges of water management for a continent has today 1.3 billion inhabitants, 17% of the world’s population, making it the second most populated continent in the world after Asia.
Minister of Water and Irrigation, Mohammad Najjar, discussed with the Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan, Sherif Kamal, on Wednesday, ways to strengthen aspects of water cooperation.
Speaking during the meeting, Najjar reviewed Jordan’s water conditions, and the “growing, and accelerating” development needs and the challenges this process has imposed on the water sector, especially in light of the continued Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister also highlighted the projects that Jordan is planning to implement to address those water challenges, especially through launching desalination projects, developing irrigation systems and reusing treated water for the various purposes, enhancing joint water cooperation, and exchanging experiences.