Preserving the waters of the Nile Delta, Cairo (Egypt)

In Cairo, SUEZ operates and maintains the Gabal El Asfar wastewater treatment plant, the largest wastewater treatment plant on the eastern bank of the Nile.
The mission
In order to keep up with the historical growth of its population, with no less than 5 million additional inhabitants each year, Egypt will continue to face major environmental challenges. Indeed, the situation in the country is very particular due to the population concentration along the Nile and its consequences on the river's water pollution, which ultimately flows into the Mediterranean. In fact, the country's issues are no longer limited to the production of drinking water, but also to the treatment and reuse of wastewater.
Our answer
The plant ensures optimal quality of treated water discharge into the natural environment, protecting the canal water near the plant and the water of the Nile delta. The station is also equipped with a technology specifically for sewage sludge recovery through anaerobic digestion and cogeneration, thus allowing the production of up to 65% of the energy necessary for its operation.

In order to preserve resources, Egypt has been a pioneer in the continent in the reuse of wastewater and has equipped its infrastructures with additional treatment modules allowing for water recycling. Therefore, SUEZ has provided Egypt with several wastewater treatment plants, such as the one in Gabal El Asfar, where the treated water is discharged into a drain that joins an irrigation canal located a little further north. A part of the treated water is used to irrigate a 400-acre park of fruit trees.

Gabal El Asfar wastewater treatment plant in Egypt - SUEZ

Credit: SUEZ group

The results
The Gabal El Asfat wastewater treatment plant makes it possible to return water of optimal quality to the natural environment and thus preserve the waters of the canal near the plant and those of the Nile Delta. SUEZ is supporting Egypt to meet its demographic and climate challenges.
million m3/day
of wastewater treated
inhabitants of Greater Cairo served by the site