Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Aty held talks Sunday with Governor of the New Valley Governorate Mohammed al-Zamlout.
They discussed the situation of water projects in the governorate, as well as the mechanisms to modernize the operating systems of underground wells.
The meeting touched on the controls for the use of groundwater in the New Valley Governorate and the follow-up of the monitoring and control system for its groundwater wells.
Abdel-Aty affirmed the full commitment to apply all controls and requirements for using the groundwater, which will allow achieving optimal management of water resources and rational use of groundwater.
He pointed to the expansion in using solar energy to operate wells, as part of the measures taken to reduce emissions and control withdrawal rates from the groundwater reserves.
Egypt has also expanded in shifting to the use of modern irrigation systems instead of flood irrigation, which leads to rationalizing water uses and achieving rational management of groundwater, he explained.
Automatic monitoring and control devices will be installed at 19 wells to monitor the safe withdrawal of water and calculate their consumption rates, a cabinet statement said.
This mechanism ensures the swift collection of information and data with the highest accuracy to make it available to decision makers.
It will help preserve water resources, rationalize their use and ensure optimal utilization, the statement added.