Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Hani Sweilam, held a meeting with the leaders of the ministry to follow up on the current preparations for the period of maximum water needs in the summer season, and the procedures for following up the levels and disposals of the network of canals and drains in the various governorates.
During the meeting, Sweilam reviewed the results of the ministry’s committees’ work of purifying canals in many governorates.
The minister stressed the speedy completion of the remainder of the work of purification of canals and drains, and that the directors of the irrigation department in all governorates tighten control over the quality of purification of canals, and continue to monitor levels, disposals, and the condition of embankments in canals and drains, and reassurance of the ability of these waterways to pass the required water disposals to ensure that all water needs are met during the next maximum needs period.
He also ordered that the general directors of irrigation in all governorates must take the necessary measures to avoid unfair purification of canal embankments and to ensure that the equipment used by contractors in the purification work is appropriate in a way that does not cause an unjust purification of canal embankments.
Moreover, Sweilam stressed the necessity of continuing coordination between irrigation, drainage and mechanics directorates and continuing to raise the level of readiness among all the ministry’s agencies, and activating emergency rooms in all governorates, to ensure the provision of water needs for all beneficiaries and the readiness of lifting stations and mobile emergency units to ensure safe levels for canals and drains.