Egypt's Real-Time Water Management

by Thomas J. Ramrath, General Manager; EG&G Special Projects, Albuquerque, NM,
Don Pabst, Project Manager; EG&G Special Projects, Albuquerque, NM,
Jackson R. Pressley, Project Engr.; EG&G Special Projects, Albuquerque, NM,
Fran�ois Lampietti, Engineering Business Consultant; Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 12, Pg. 62-64

Document Type: Feature article


The challenge and complexity of efficiently managing the distribution of the 55 billion m that Egypt draws from the Nile every year has prompted the country's Ministry of Public Works to develop plans for the largest automated, real-time centralized monitoring and control system in the world. Based in a central office in the Cairo suburb of Embaba, the system will eventually allow computer operators to respond within seconds to changes in the water distribution system. Currently, a pilot version of the system is being built and tested by EG&G Special Projects, Albuquerque, N.M. at the Serry Canal near El-Minya. Electric motors are being installed at the gates, which will be operable manually or remotely through a radio-transmitted voice and data communications system. At the canal, a terminal will collect data about the water level, gate positions and water quality and transmit them back to a central control. If successful, the system promises great benefits to Egypt's agricultural, industrial, public and visiting water users.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Water supply systems | Developing countries | Control systems | Canals | Water management | Water level | Egypt | Africa | Middle East

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