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‘Be prepared’: With water scarcer, Egypt pushes farmers to use much less – Egypt

Hassan Abdel Salam knew he was wasting a lot of water every time he flooded his fields to irrigate his mango crop, but wasn’t aware of any alternative.

Then the farmer from northern Egypt learned about drip irrigation – putting tiny amounts of water just where it’s needed – through a new government scheme.

Now pipes with small holes snake around his 10-feddan (10-acre) farm, dripping water directly to the base of each plant.

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Municipality asks Bay residents to ‘pray for rain’ – Eastern Cape

That is the word from Nelson Mandela Bay infrastructure and engineering portfolio head Mongameli Bobani.

The municipality said on Friday there were continued water disruptions in parts of the city due to the Emerald Hill reservoir running dry and the Chelsea reservoir level at an alarming 11%.

Bobani said water should be restored to those areas by Friday evening, but divine intervention was also needed.

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EBRD may finance ACWA’s 200 MW solar plant in Egypt with $54 million loan – Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development reports it is considering lending $54 million to Saudi energy giant ACWA for a 200 MW solar power plant it is building in the town Kom Ombo, in the Aswan governorate of southern Egypt.

The international financial institution said the lending may consist of senior debt financing of up to $40 million co-financed with other parties and an equity bridge loan of up to $14 million.

The 200 MW plant will be located in a vacant arid land 60 km north of Aswan city, adjacent to a 26 MW PV plant developed by the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) and also approximately 17 km north of the 1.8 GW Benban solar complex, where ACWA Power has already developed 120 MW of solar.

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Teshie Desalination Project was set up to milk the country – South Africa

He said had it not been for contractual obligations, he would have terminated the project contract if he had his way.

Speaking on the topic “Making State Enterprises Profitable and Resilient”, Asabee said “Why would you want to desalinate seawater when you have clean water bodies like the Volta that has been dammed at Akosombo and, you can even supply to Togo if you are serious.

It is terrible, if I had my way, I’ll cancel it.”

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No more salt water for now, says Ugu – South Africa

In 2015, South Coasters turned on their taps to find salt water filling their glasses, sinks and bath tubs.

This was the case across the coast for some weeks until, at a cost of R6 million the salt water was cleared and the mouth of the Umzimkhulu River opened.

According to a report from Ugu at the time, R3.7 million of that was allocated for the construction of a temporary berm system as a desalination method to prevent sea water from entering the river.

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Egypt set to add 19 new desalination plants by 2022 – Egypt

Egypt is set to boost its water production capacity with the addition of 19 new desalination plants in a period of 18 months.

The desalination plants worth a total of LE11 billion ($690mn) will have a total daily production is 550,000 cubic meters.

They will be built in Nabq, Ras Sidr, Abou Zanima, Dahab, Nuieba, Arish 1, Arish 2, Arish 3, Arish 4, Sheikh Zowayed 1, Sheikh Zowayed 2, Sidi Barani expansions, western Port Said, Dabaa, Marina 1, Marina 2, Marbella, and New Mansoura. 

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Egyptian Ministry to provide financial guarantee for water sector – Egypt

The Egyptian Ministry of Finance will offer EGP 3 billion worth of financial guarantee to state-owned Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, according to an official statement.

The guarantee will help fund desalination projects in Hammam area in Marsa Matrouh as well as Safaga, El Quseir, and Marsa Alam in the Red Sea.

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Ambitious AR eyes Erongo Desalination Plant – Namibia

Activist group, Affirmative Repositioning Movement (AR) made a formal offer to buy the Erongo Desalination Plant from Orano Mining Namibia. The plant is estimated to be worth over N$3 billion.

Speaking to the Namibia Economist, AR founder Dr Job Amupanda said they plan on expanding the capacity of the plant which is situated 35km north of Swakopmund and work on bringing water to Central Namibia, particularly to Windhoek.

“We are interested and have made a formal offer to Orano Mining Namibia. The Managing Director has acknowledged our letter (of interest) and committed to come back to us,” Amupanda said.

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Dam levels continue to drop – South Africa

Mossel Bay Municipality appeals to residents to continue to use water sparingly as dam levels continue to drop steadily.

Cognisant of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the requirement for residents to regularly wash their hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the municipal Council accepted a resolution that water restrictions be put on hold until the Wolwedans dam level drops to below 50%.

In terms of the Department of Water and Sanitation dam operating rules, a 10% restriction must be applied to all residential consumers when the dam level drops below 60%.

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Sisi directs to implement more water projects – Egypt

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el Sisi demanded more national developments to reduce water shortages, Spokesman of the Egyptian Presidency Bassem Rady announced.

This should include building desalination and water treatment stations at a total value of EGP 435 billion ($27.32 billion), Rady added.

El Sisi recently met with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem el Gazzar, and Presidential Adviser for Urban Planning Amir Ahmed where he called for implementing and utilizing technology for water network stations.

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