EU attributes 30 million Euros to develop water sector in Algeria

14:12, July 27, 2011      

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ALGIERS, July 26 (Xinhua) -- The European Union has attributed 30 million Euros (about 46 million U.S. dollars) support to Algeria, destined to the development of the water sector in the period going from 2011 to 2014, a statement issued by Algeria Ministry of Water Resources reads on Tuesday.

The source said the European Union will grant the fund to support Algerian water sanitation program (EAU II) through an agreement signed Tuesday in Algiers between the two sides. Amounted to nearly 4 billion Algerian dinars (about 55.2 million U. S. dollars) , EAU II program will be funded at 75 percent by this European donation with a 1 billion dinars (about 13.8 million U.S. dollars) contribution from the Algerian government.

This program is an extension to Water I, which the EU has already financed by 20 million Euros.

These programs aim at developing the water sector in the period of 2011 to 2014. It includes sponsoring a national training center in the domain of water treatment, in addition to the setting up of a national digital network for the management of water treatment, and providing the Algerian Central Laboratory with modern devices for water treatment.

Water II contributes in the implementation of the national water plan, and setting up a department in charge of auditing to reinforce the strategic planning of the water resources sector.

To recall, Algeria Minister of Water Resources Abdelmalek Sellal said a couple of days ago that the average water consumption per individual in Algeria is 170 liters per day, comparing to 90 liters in 2000. Sellal said that 65 percent of water goes to the agriculture sector, while 70 percent of the existing 1540 municipalities are supplied regularly with drinking water, whose price is supported by the government.

Algeria has set a budget of 870 billion Dinars (more than 12 billion U.S. dollars), part of the 2011-2014 development program, to develop water sector in the medium term.

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