Irrigation minister says ‘Egypt has entered water poverty era’

Egypt’s current yearly consumption of water was about 83 billion cubic meters while its share of Nile water amounts to 55.5 billion cubic meters. (File photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s minister of irrigation and water resources warned on Saturday that his country has entered “an era of water poverty,” with a current yearly shortage of 23 billion cubic meters, Al Ahram newspaper reported, citing the MENA news agency.

Nile_Basin_Countries“Egypt has entered the era of water poverty,” Hossam Moghazi said during a ministry event to celebrate the international day of water.

He added: “We have to rationalize consumption so we are accountable to Egypt’s agricultural, industrial and drinking water needs”…

…Last week Egypt signed a declaration of principles with the Nile basin countries Ethiopia and Sudan, where they agreed on broad guidelines over Ethiopia’s contested dam.

Critics however dubbed the declaration as acknowledging the Ethiopia Grand Renaissance Dam as a undisputed fact, excising any opportunity from Egypt for any further negotiation…

The Muslim Brotherhood refused to sign any deals over the dam. Related reading:

(BBC, March, 2014) Will Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam dry the Nile in Egypt?

(HuffPo, 2013) Egypt Map Shows Why Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam Is Such A Big Deal

(International Rivers, 2013) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam