Egypt’s Bahera governor Nadia Abdo has encouraged people to go vote in the 2018 presidential elections promising water supply and sanitation services to villages with high turnout, according to Egypt’s private newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Voting in Egypt’s presidential elections kicked off on March 16 allowing Egyptians abroad to vote in the elections. Elections in Egypt started on 26 March and will end Wednesday at 9 pm. There are about 13,706 polling stations in all 26 governorates across Egypt.
Sitting president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ghad Party leader Moussa Mostafa Moussa are the two candidates in Egypt’s elections, with the former widely expected to win the elections to secure his second term of presidency. The official results to be announced on 2 April.
Egypt is at risk of water shortage issues by the year 2025 according to a report the Geological Society of America’s (GSA). Moreover, cities and villages in less privileged areas in Egypt suffer from lack of fresh water supply and sanitation services. The UN predicts that Egypt will reach the state of water crisis by the year 2025.
Water cuts happen frequently in Egypt, especially in summer.
“In 2014, the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) estimated they required EGP 15 billion a year to function properly, including EGP 3.2 billion just to provide basic maintenance of the existing network. The cabinet only assigned them EGP 700 million,” according to a report by Mada Masr.
With the lack of projects and funding, many villages and cities continue to suffer from lack of fresh water access and sanitation problems.