The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt - CC via Wikimedia Commons/Mohamed Moussa
CAIRO - 14 November 2018: The General Authority for the High Dam Lake Development has almost finished maintenance works that started in July at a budget of LE30 million ($1.7 million) and submitted a report on the details to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources.
Maintenance included removing turbid water from pipes passing through the dam’s body and reservoir, reshaping the rocks on the riverside above inspection tracks, and enlarging the canal connecting the High Dam to Toshka lakes. Those are located in the Western Desert to be a reservoir for water when its levels go beyond 178 meters.
The authority is currently removing silt from Nasser Lake, decreasing evaporation, and renovating the dam’s facilities and equipment in addition to carrying out sand dunes stabilization.
At a cost of LE1.6 million ($89,887), the authority maintained the surveillance cameras, the employees means of transportation, the Nile Museum in Aswan, the irrigation and drainage systems, emergency equipment, machinery, security systems and buildings.
The High Dam was completed in 1970 after 10 years of construction with a total capacity of 132 cubic kilometers.