Wastewater development programme kicks off in Fayoum, Egypt

Fayoum, a developing region approximately 90km southwest of Cairo, is in close proximity to one of the most important tourist attractions in the country, Lake Qarun, the third largest lake in Egypt.

Wednesday 24/06/2020
A farmer works at his farmland of Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)
A farmer works at his farmland of Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)

 LONDON - New wastewater infrastructure planned for the rural developing region of Fayoum in Middle Egypt will help improve sanitation service access throughout the region.

The Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Watewater (HCWW) will build the new infrastructure, with professional service company Stantec leading the consortium.

Stantec will provide both contract supervision consultancy and project implementation support for the large-scale construction programme aimed at expanding the area’s sewage system network, water reuse capabilities and wastewater treatment.

Fayoum, a developing region approximately 90km southwest of Cairo, is in close proximity to one of the most important tourist attractions in the country, Lake Qarun, the third largest lake in Egypt.

However, over half of the areas’ communities are not connected to a centralised wastewater network. Additionally, sanitation service coverage is low in the region’s less populated areas. Raw sewage is discharged directly into Lake Qarun, the area’s primary resource of freshwater, and agricultural drains as a result of the aforementioned lack of access.

Such pollution has caused severe environmental, social and economic harm to the community.

Wadi El-Rayan Lake at the desert of Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)
Wadi El-Rayan Lake at the desert of Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)

Valued at over $506.9 million, the Fayoum Wastewater Expansion programme is being financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD),the Egyptian government, the European Union’s Neighborhood Investment Facility (NIF) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The project’s overarching goal is to provide 86% of rural Fayoum with sanitation access, up from the current 32%.

Stantec is responsible for capacity building, contract management, construction supervision services, project implementation, training plan development, support procurement and designing services related to network infrastructure and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).

For continued partnership between the Fayoum Company for Water and Wastewater (FWWC) and the HCWW, system implementation and ongoing support must be established.

Phase 1 will involve sewer service expansion in 119 underserved rural locations in the area. Part of this phase includes decommissioning 6 existing wastewater plants, rehabilitating 10 of them, expanding 7 and constructing 4 new plants.

Approximately 256km of new pressurised rising mains, 2,334km of sewer lines and 100 new sewage pumping stations will also be constructed.

With the implementation of these measures, 700,000 people will benefit and sanitation access shall rise to 75.6%.

Phase 2 will help the 41 additional underserved villages, helping improve an estimated 240,000 people’s lives and helping Fayoum meet its sanitation access goal.

“We are proud to lead this consortium to implement this EBRD-led program that promises to have a positive impact on the community of Fayoum,” said Dr. Murat Sarioglu, operations and project director at Stantec. “The Egyptian government and the development institutions have prioritized access to clean water, and we are honoured to leverage our experience and expertise in water and wastewater infrastructure engineering to provide greater access to sanitation services, support the growth of the region, and alleviate environmental and public health concerns.”