European gift of 30 million euros for water in Algeria
1 August 2011
Last Tuesday in Algiers, the European Union and Algeria signed a financing agreement to the value of 30 million euros for the Algerian water sanitation program (Eau II).
This sum represents three quarters of the total cost of the project, the rest being financed by the Algerian government.
The project will enable the creation of a national training center for water treatment, but also the installation of a national digital network for water management and the acquisition of the latest equipment for the Central Laboratory in Algiers, reports the newspaper La Tribune.
It will also contribute to the implementation of the national water plan and the creation of a department in charge of auditing to reinforce the strategic planning of the water resources sector.
According to government figures reported by the newspaper Algérie Soir, the purification capacities for waste water are currently 650 million m3, which is reused in agriculture. The government wants to increase this volume to one billion m3 by 2014.