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Egyptian Project
Rehabilitation of Roman Wells in Omayed - Solving a Shortage of Water
Thursday 29 January 2004, by Web Team

Intensive dialogue and coordination with Underground Water Sector officials in the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources have lead to the approval of the Ministry on purifying and restoring four Roman wells, used in collecting rainwater. Land legal owners, in which the wells are located, have pledged to give the opportunity to all inhabitants in the area to benefit from the wells water that has been restored.

The four wells have been selected as follows, throughout different phases, taking into consideration the economical, social and technical aspects:

-  A number of meetings have been held with villagers to enumerate wells founded in the area, and to identify wells needed to be purified and maintained in accordance with their ability to collect and preserve water.
-  Specifying families and groups benefit from each well within the framework of dialogues convened with villagers.
-  Excluding wells that are not useful except for a limited number of inhabitants, probably one family in the area.
-  It has been agreed that the number of wells needed initially to be restored in accordance with the beneficiary standards is ten.
-  Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources received a request to inspect these wells, purify and restore suitable wells pursuant to the technical standards. These standards are represented in: wells wideness, water quantity collected in each well in accordance with the surrounded area topography, purification and restoration economic (restoring costs in proportion to water quantity expected to be provided by a well), and wells technical efficiency.
-  The Ministry has sent technical experts in more than a visit to undertake initial inspection and identify wells site and construction.
-  The inspection process has revealed that the number of wells fitted to be purified and restored in accordance with technical and economic standards are four.
-  A request has been submitted to the Ministry asking for the restoration of the four identified wells, whereby a large number of villagers can use in conducting agriculture and grazing works.
-  The Ministry has completed the purification and restoration processes of the four wells in 2003.

The ministry of irrigation and water resources has also approved rehabilitating six additional roman wells and building a dam for rainwater, the cost of which has been included in the current fiscal year plan (2004). These are expected to be completed this year.

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