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Egyptian woman takes on water shortages with new recycling system

An Egyptian engineering student has devised an onsite treatment unit to treat small-scale agricultural wastewater, which may become one strategy for reducing the country's many water challenges.
An Egyptian farmer opens up a water irrigation system as he tends to his fields on the banks of the Rasheed river, an offshoot of the Nile, in Cairo's northern Giza province, some 40 kilometres north of the capital, on June 22, 2013.

An Egyptian female engineer has devised a small unit for treating agricultural wastewater and recycling it for irrigation, which may help mitigate the country's perennial water shortage.

According to a report published by the United Nations on May 4, Sarah Abdelkader, an environmental health PhD student at the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology of the American University of Cairo, won the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO Young Talented Scientist award for her research.

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