Cost Recovery for Multipurpose Water Delivery Systems in Egypt

by William J. Grenney, Utah State Univ,
J. Paul Riley, Utah State Univ,
Robert A. Young, Utah State Univ,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


This study addresses the problem of distributing costs to the beneficiaries of incremental expenditures needed to improve the performance of the Nile water delivery system in Egypt. Emphasis is placed on developing a procedure for allocating the system costs to the various users of the system. The allocation results can be the basis of a program to enable the government to recover all or part of the system costs. A computer model was developed and implemented to evaluate the net operation, maintenance, and replacement (OM&R) costs of the main irrigation water supply system in Egypt as it presently is financially supported and what those costs might be under an enhanced budget allocation. The analysis is limited to costs of the 'main system,' defined as the Nile River structures and the main and secondary canals, and excludes the 'on-farm' portions (i.e., mesqas and below). The study was conducted for each of four policy scenarios. The first scenario reflects the recent and current budget allocations for OM&R in Egypt. Scenario 2 considers the costs of the system with improvements. The third and fourth scenarios incorporate planned reclamation of not yet developed 'new lands' into each of the first two scenarios.

Subject Headings: Benefit cost ratios | Water supply systems | Developing countries | Computer models | Irrigation systems | Water supply | Water reclamation | Land reclamation | Egypt | Africa | Middle East | Nile River

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