Sudan plans to export Nile water
Addis Ababa, 2 June 2014 (WIC) - Sudan plans to export fresh water from Nile to Arab Gulf states in the future depending on the availability of water from the river.
According to the director of the Water Commission in the state of Khartoum, Gawdat-alla Osman, the export is to achieve a value-added situation.
A Saudi Arabian study last December proposed the creation of a pilot project to import water from Sudan to replenish groundwater reserves which has been depleted in the Najran region.
It will be implemented in collaboration between the Saudi ministries of agriculture, water and electricity.
The study underscored the importance for Saudi Arabia to look at water as a global and regional problem, and activation of regional and international cooperation to resolve it by importing water in accordance with international agreements.
The Sudanese official, Gawdat-alla Osman said that his commission pays 1 million Sudanese pound (SDG) a month to buy fuel for water supply stations.
He explained that they generate 17 million SDG in revenue of which 4 million pounds goes to electricity.
He acknowledged their inability to carry out development projects at the moment which is the responsibility of the state.
Osman also pointed out that the number of subscribers in 2013 reached 715,000, noting that collecting payments of water bills through counters designed for electric bills allowed them to reach those who previously were not paying the water bill.
He revealed that they owe 50 million SDG in electric bills and that it has been agreed the electricity company would deduct 5 % of the value of water bills that are collected through their outlets and apply it towards the debt. (Sudan Tribune)
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