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U.S. Embassy to light up in blue for World Water Day

Wed, Mar. 20, 2019
CAIRO – 20 March 2019: The United States Embassy in Egypt announced on Wednesday that it will light up in blue next Friday, March 22, marking the World Water Day.

“At 6:30 in the evening, in recognition of World Water Day, we will light the U.S. Embassy in blue! We are doing this to highlight the partnership between the United States and Egypt to combat the global challenge of water scarcity,” the statement stated.

World Water Day has been held annually on March 22 every year since 1993 when the UN General Assembly chose the day to recognize the importance of the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The U.S. added in its statement, “The Nile River has given birth to the remarkable achievements of ancient and modern Egyptian civilization. It continues today to sustain the farms and factories crucial to Egypt’s food security and economic development. The Nile supplies 97 percent of Egypt’s domestic natural water resources, and 95 percent of modern Egypt’s population of 100 million people lives proximity to the river.”

According to the statement, this year’s World Water Day's theme is, “Leaving No One Behind.” The United States envisions a water-secure world, in which people and nations have clean, safe water to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient.

Over the past four decades, the United States has invested more than $3.5 billion in partnership with the Government of Egypt to help bring clean drinking water and sanitation services to the Egyptian population.

Current USAID projects are expanding access to drinking water and wastewater services in Upper Egypt and North Sinai, and are supporting the Government of Egypt to improve the quality and sustainability of services. They also support work to raise awareness in communities about water quality and shoreline health.
 
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