7 October 2012

Egypt: Nile Water Fit for Human Use

Minister Mohamed Baha'a-Eddien asserted that the national water grid sent samples from all Nile branches to labs which showed the good quality of water. He pointed out that the ministry launches a test of water twice a year.

Tests by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation showed that the quality of water in the Nile and major canals as well as Lake Nasser is fit for household, agricultural and industrial purposes.

On the materials and pesticides disposed into the Nile, the minister said that the amounts do not exceed the standards in law 48 of 1982.

The Ministry's media spokesman Khaled Waseef said the ministry speeded up releasing the report after rumors and fake statements that were made by some managers of water bottling companies on cable TV stations in which they pointed to the contamination of the Nile water, prompting the ministry to swiftly release that report to reassure the citizens and refute such rumors.

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