Ministry of Housing and Reconstruction


Greater Cairo, Egypt

Greater Cairo Waterworks Masterplan

Plan Duration 23 Years
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Develop a Master Plan to establish a program for the phased development ofthe Greater Cairo Waterworks from 1977 through the year 2000.

The Master Plan is to provide for the domestic, industrial and irrigation needs of the served areas up to the year 2000, when the population is expected to grow from the present level of over 8 million to about 16 million inhabitants. Accordingly the consumption is expected to increase from the present level of 2 million m3/day to 8 million m3/day. The study also provides for the development of high impact projects that have to be implemented immediately as remedial measures to improve the present conditions in areas not adequately served by the existing system. This system consists of about 2 500 km of mains and branch lines and several water treatment plants and pumping stations. The area of the project is largely extended since it covers all suburbs from Helwan in the South to Heliopolis and ElAbour in the North as well as the towns of Giza and Shoubra ElKheima.

The Greater Cairo Waterworks Master Plan study also includes the following:

  • Due to the lack of installed dependable flow measuring equipment, accurate measurement of water flow and pressure at water production facilities and in several areas of the distribution system are carried out by the Consultant using a Cole pitometer. Also, 24-hour flow measurements are made within each distribution network.
  • Inspection and evaluation of the condition of existing water meters installed in house and other connections. Inspection and evaluation of the meter maintenance, repair and calibration shop. Recommendations to upgrade water metering system are presented.
  • A leakage survey program using sonic leak detection equipment in conjunction with metal detectors for locating leaks in pipes, valves & appurtenances. The survey includes about 180 km of mains 400 mm diameter or larger. Measures for reducing leakage are recommended.
  • A water wastage survey showed that the water lost without benefit to the consumer after it has been delivered to him because of defective sanitary fixtures represents an appreciable percentage of the daily production.
  • Recommendations for a water conservation program are prepared and presented to the Greater Cairo Water Organization.


  • Data collection and certification
  • Topographical survey
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Leak detection
  • Groundwater studies
  • Economic and social studies
  • Water distribution system design (Piplelines, pumping stations and reservoirs)
  • Water treatment plants desin
  • Master Plan
  • Tender documents

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