Focus: Water Resources
Location: El Qarawi, Egypt
El Qarawi is one of the villages around Abou Homos, in Behira govenorate. The village was deprived of sanitation services and a large part of the waste water was being disposed of in the fresh water canal, which feeds into the river Nile. Poor water management not only contaminated the water, but it also affected the health of the women disposing of grey water.
In 2005, El Thanaa Association, one of the active NGOs in the area, implemented a project to establish a waste water treatment facility for the village. The original plan was to restrict the waste water facility to grey water, but eventually the community members chose to establish a treatment unit for municipal and grey water. To promote public awareness of the environment, seminars were held on the importance of protecting water from pollution. By 2008, all five hundred houses in El Qarawi had been connected to the waste water treatment system. A proportion of the water can even be harvested by farmers for the irrigation of non-edible crops.
How do you think an investment in waste water management could help villages like El Qarawi?
Measurement: The GEF Small Grants Programme
Credits: The GEF Small Grants Programme
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