March 22nd, 2021, marks the 28th Water Day, and in honor of that, we want to raise awareness about this urgent environmental crisis we have on hand.
It is expected that by 2025 Egypt’s per capita annual water supply will drop from 600 cubic meters to 500 cubic meters, putting Egypt within the UN's threshold for absolute water scarcity. This is extremely alarming, because other than the basic worldwide human dependence on water, our dependency on water supply is alarmingly high due to the vast size of our agriculture sector that employs over 30% of Egypt's workforce. However, this sector is still using water wasteful irrigation and production methods that use up an unnecessarily high amount of water.
Another underestimated issue is the ongoing degeneration of the Nile river. A big portion of the population relies on the Nile for drinking, agriculture, and municipal use, which necessitates efforts for quality regulation and preservation of the Nile. The Nile is mostly polluted by urban and industrial waste with many recorded incidents of leakage of wastewater, the throwing away of dead animals, and the release of chemical and hazardous industrial waste into its water.
These examples of how water waste and pollution attention in Egypt need more attention, and the potentially dangerous situation we could be facing in just a few years if the status quo remains unchanged.
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