Egypt: New Irrigation Law Aims to Improve Water Resources Management - Abdel Aati

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati said that a newly-passed irrigation and water resources law is aimed at improving the management of water resources and ensuring their equitable distribution.

In a statement released on Tuesday27/7/2021, the irrigation minister added that the new legislation is part of the four-prong National Water Resources Plan, which focuses on rationalizing water consumption and maximizing the use of available resources in the country, as well as addressing water challenges.

The law would regulate the process of water distribution and protect the course of the Nile River and its bridges, in addition to preserving water resources, watercourses, along with irrigation and drainage installations, he said.

It also focuses on safeguarding spillways and covered drainage networks, besides rationalizing groundwater use, Abdel Aati noted.

The law calls for using modern irrigation methods in agriculture lands, activating water user associations and enhancing the possibility of the private sector's participation in managing, operating and carrying out maintenance for irrigation and drainage systems and facilities under specific conditions.


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