Egypt Water Report 2015
BMI View: The Egyptian water sector is relatively well developed with regards to extraction anddistribution; however, the wastewater and sanitation segments need much more investment. The MiddleEast is classed as a water stressed area, and the whole region is losing water at a dramatic pace asresources are over-used beyond renewal rates, and demand continues to increase across the board.
Wastewater, if properly harnessed, represents a vast resource of low-quality water suitable for agriculturalirrigation and some industrial consumption.
We believe Egypt's continued state of unease is likely to affect the development of the water sector. Inparticular, we believe that despite the public's vocal desire for better services and water access, funds willcontinue to remain limited, hampering the overall development of existing water infrastructure. Egyptremains politically and economically unsettled and this is likely to affect the water sector in various ways.
On the one hand, funds are limited. However, on the other there is a great deal of public pressure on thegovernment to ensure the provision of basic affordable amenities like drinking water. Further pressures stemfrom the continuing international debate over Ethiopia's damn project which will threaten Egypt's Nileresources. BMI is confident the short-term future of the water market remains secure and lucrative, yet thelong-term future of the nation remains precarious and increasingly depends on fickle foreign investment andresources.
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