EGYPT – Hassan Allam Construction (HAC), a subsidiary of Hassan Allam Holding, in partnership with French company Veolia has completed work on the Senbellawein wastewater treatment plant in the Dakahlia governorate of Egypt.

The contract was won in 2018  for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of a plant capable of handling 33,000 m3 of effluent per day.

The plant will handle wastewater from several villages near the town of Senbellawein. To this end, the Veolia-Hassan HAC consortium has laid 85 km of sewerage networks. The two partners will maintain the new installations for at least 12 months.

The construction of the Senbellawein wastewater treatment plant is part of the National Rural Sanitation Program (NRSP).

Implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, the program aims to ensure good quality sanitation services for a rural population of about 50 million Egyptians.

While nearly 90% of urban households are connected to sanitation services, this figure drops to 18% in rural areas in this North African country, according to the World Bank.

The program, through its support to the government’s NRSP, aims to help overcome this disparity by empowering local Water and Sewer Companies and strengthening their relationship with their customers.

The program has supported the establishment of systems that allow local citizens to provide feedback on the decision-making of the local companies.

Strengthening accountability both improves the quality of services and ensures that investments are in line with local priorities.

To implement this program, the Egyptian government introduced a performance-based subsidy scheme for local water and sanitation companies when it was launched in 2015.

Through this scheme, the Egyptian authorities recorded the connection of 167,000 rural households to sanitation networks in 2018.

The completed wastewater plant is the first step toward decentralization of sanitation services and more than double the goal to 345,000 households, or around 1,710,000 Egyptians.

This policy is supported by the World Bank, which has allocated US$550 million in the form of a loan under its Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services for Results Programme (SRSSP).

Through the construction of new stations combined with the development of sanitation networks, the NRSP helps to reduce the disparity in access to sanitation between towns and villages.

The program is also co-financed to the tune of US$300 million by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a financial institution based in Beijing, China.

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