Nile Delta Water Management Programme

Project description

Title: Nile Delta Water Management Programme
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Egypt
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, MoHUUC, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, MALR
Overall term: 2021 to 2024



Due to its arid desert climate, Egypt is strongly afflicted by water scarcity and relies on the Nile for more than 90 per cent of its water resources. This situation is expected to worsen in the future in face of the rapidly growing population and the effects of climate change. Efficient and integrated management of the limited water resources is vital if Egypt is to ensure its sustainable economic and social development in future.


The framework conditions for an efficient use of water in water supply and wastewater management as well as in irrigated agriculture in the Nile Delta are improved.



The comprehensive approach by the Nile Delta Water Management Programme (NDWM) includes the subsectors water supply and wastewater management and irrigated agriculture. Benefitting from several decades of experience in this field, NDWM combines upscaling successful approaches with developing innovative measures. Capacity development as well as promoting digitalisation are the cornerstones of the project’s activities.

Among the key partners for implementation are the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW), its Affiliated Companies (ACs) in the Egyptian governorates, the Ministry of Agriculture’s departments for agricultural services and extension along with farmers’ cooperatives and women groups.

Key NDWM measures are:

  • Improving the management capacities of ACs and supporting them to reduce water losses and operate water and wastewater systems in a climate-sensitive manner.
  • Upgrading the services offered to smallholder farms by the state and by farmers’ cooperatives and supporting farmers and women groups in implementing water-saving practices.
  • Raising public awareness of the importance of water conservation in cooperation with the HCWW and civil society organisations.

Last update: August 2021