Egypt has completed the lining of 3,913 kilometers of irrigation canals nationwide- press photo
CAIRO - 15 January 2022: Egypt has completed the lining of 3,913 kilometers of irrigation canals nationwide, said the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Saturday in a statement.
He added that the ministry is working on lining additional 4,087 kilometers, besides allocating funds for lining more 2,783 kilometers, bringing the total lengths covered by the project so far to 10,682 km, he added.
The canal lining project is part of the National Project for Developing the Egyptian Countryside aimed at raising the quality of life of residents of rural areas. The lining of canals would enhance water management and distribution, ensure the delivery of water to the ends of canals, and inhibit pollution.
It is estimated that the lining project is to save 5 billion cubic meters in seepage losses.
On another level, the ministry is encouraging farmers to substitute modern irrigation systems for flood irrigation in order to rationalize water use. Modern irrigation systems have been introduced in 230,000 feddans and will be introduced in further 55,000 feddans as requested by agricultural landowners.