Egypt put a program in place to expand waste water services in Fayoum area. The area, about 90kms southwest of Cairo, has serious sanitation issues as more than half the area doesn’t have a central sanitation network. Raw sewage ends up in agricultural drains or in Lake Qarun which is a touristic attraction and the main fresh water source in the area!
The HCWW (Holding company for Water and Wastewater) of Egypt selected a consortium to handle the project, with Stantec an international design and consulting company based in Canada in the lead.
The project’s value is estimated at more than 450 million euros and it will be financed by 3 European bodies along with the Egyptian government; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and The European Neighborhood Investment Facility.
The project has 2 phases, the 1st will increase sanitation coverage from about 30 percent to 75 percent, benefiting more than 700,000 people. The 2nd phase will bring the coverage to 86 percent, benefiting an extra 240,000 people in the area.