Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (Egypt)

The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation is the ministry in charge of managing the water resources of the Arab Republic of Egypt mainly the Nile. It also manages irrigation projects in Egypt, such as the Aswan Dam and Al-Salam Canal.[1] Its headquarters are in Cairo.

Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
وزارة الموارد المائية والري
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Egypt
HeadquartersImbaba, Giza
Coordinates: 30°5′29″N 31°13′35″E / 30.09139°N 31.22639°E / 30.09139; 31.22639
Agency executive

On 23 March 2016, Mohamed Abdel-Ati was appointed Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation.[2]


Legislative actsEdit

  • Decree No. 108/1995 defines the standard and specification for clean drinking water[4]
  • Decree No. 338/1995, forbids drainage into the Nile river
  • Decree No. 08/1983, protects potable and nonpotable waters
  • Decree No. 649/1962, dictates the standards for liquid discharges into the river and public drainage

Water scarcityEdit

In 2014, the ministry wrote a paper titled "Water Scarcity in Egypt: The Urgent Need for Regional Cooperation among the Nile Basin Countries". In it, the ministry describes why the country doesn't have the water to meet the needs of its people.[5]

In 2016 Egypt joined other countries in forming The Delta Coalition, an organization with the aim and purpose of dealing with climate change and water issues. The Third Delta Coalition Ministerial event was held in October, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.[6][7]


The Improved Water and Sanitation Services Project (IWSP) has been ongoing, from 2008 and concludes in 2019, with aid received from France, Germany, The EU & EIB, and implemented by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development. This project addresses needs in Beheira, Sharqia, Gharbia, and Damietta governorates.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Grigg, Neil (2010). Governance and Management for Sustainable Water Systems. London: IWA Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-84339-346-7.
  2. ^ a b "Who's who: Meet Egypt's 10 new ministers in Sherif Ismail's cabinet". Ahram Online. 23 March 2016.
  3. ^ "BREAKING: New government swears in". Cairo Post. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Egypt - UNECE". The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
  5. ^ "Water Scarcity in Egypt, February, 2014" (PDF). MFA.
  6. ^ "The 3rd Delta Coalition Ministerial Conference". Cairo Water Week. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  7. ^ watercomunit MWRI. "آسبوع القاهرة الأول للمياه (ملخص فعاليات اليوم الثالث ٢/١) - ١٦-١٠-٢٠١٨". YouTube (in Arabic). Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Improved Water and Sanitation Services Project (IWSP)". Ministry of International Cooperation (Egypt).

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