Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (Egypt)

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Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
وزارة الموارد المائية والري
Coat of arms of Egypt (Official).svg
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Egypt Egypt
Headquarters Imbaba, Giza
Coordinates: 30°5′29″N 31°13′35″E / 30.09139°N 31.22639°E / 30.09139; 31.22639
Agency executive
  • Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Minister
Website Official website

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.

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


  • Hossam Moghazy - from June, 2014[3]
  • Mohamed Abdel-Ati - from March, 2016[2]

Legislative acts[edit]

  • 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 scarcity[edit]

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]


The Improved Water and Sanitation Services Project (IWSP) has been ongoing, from 2008 and concludes in 2019, with aid received from France, and implemented by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development. This project addresses needs in Beheira, Sharqia, Gharbia, and Damietta governorates.[6]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Improved Water and Sanitation Services Project (IWSP)". Ministry of International Cooperation (Egypt). 

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