SEACAP 4 SDG Project Partners' Study Visit to Alexandria Water Company (Egypt)


Since 1860, Alexandria, Egypt, has relied on two private companies to supply its residents with clean and safe drinking water. However, in 1979, a significant transformation occurred with the establishment of the Alexandria Water Company, which became a government-owned entity tasked with ensuring a consistent and reliable water supply for the region. This vital utility serves several key areas, including the Alexandria governorate, parts of Matrouh governorate, and the Behara governorate.

In an impressive feat of infrastructure, the Alexandria Water Company manages a network of ten water supply stations with a combined capacity of 3,541,500 cubic meters per day. As of the 2021-2022 period, the daily average water usage reached a substantial 2.82 million cubic meters per day, highlighting its crucial role in sustaining the local communities.

One of the company's paramount objectives is to enhance energy efficiency and diversify its energy sources across all its stations while minimizing losses to less than 2%. To achieve this, the company aligns itself with Egypt's 2020 energy efficiency and energy mix strategies, which aim to incorporate 20% renewable energy sources and increase green energy to 45% by 2035. A comprehensive plan is in place to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and facilities, with a targeted reduction in consumption by more than 25%. This strategy encompasses various initiatives, including energy monitoring and analysis, the transition to LED lighting in place of conventional luminaries, the integration of photovoltaic stations on buildings, and the implementation of energy-efficient motors and variable-speed drives.

During the final day of the SEACAP 4 SDG Project's closing event, partners were invited at the Alexandria Water Company to know more about its ambitious plans for aligning with sustainable development goals. Furthermore, the Secondary Technical School associated with it served as the pilot location for the SEACAP 4 SDG project, during which different actions were conducted to enhance energy-mix efficiency:

  1. Capitalized on SEACAP 4 SDG's Project Results Toolkits: The company aimed to leverage the outcomes of the SEACAP 4 SDG project not only for building structures but also for optimizing its water supply stations. These toolkits played a pivotal role in enhancing efficiency and sustainability.
  2. Enhanced Capacity Building: Recognizing the importance of knowledge dissemination, the company trained its staff extensively on the SEACAP 4 SDG toolkits and project results. This educational effort empowered the workforce to implement best practices effectively.
  3. Applied Project Methodology to Public Buildings: A significant undertaking involved implementing project methodologies in public buildings, particularly those owned by the Alexandria Water Company. The initial focus was on a school building, with a commitment to ensuring the successful execution of the resulting activities.
  4. Conducted Feasibility Analysis: To kickstart the journey toward greater energy efficiency, a feasibility analysis was conducted for the school building. This analysis formed the basis for developing an action plan with clear priorities, ensuring that resources were allocated where they would have the most significant impact.

As the Alexandria Water Company evolved and modernized its infrastructure, its commitment to sustainable development and alignment with SEACAP 4 SDG project goals underscored its dedication to serving its communities efficiently and responsibly. The future held great promise for cleaner, more sustainable water services in Alexandria, setting an inspiring example for other regions around the world.