The Egyptian parliament has approved a controversial government-drafted law governing fees for irrigation water usage, daily Ahram Online reported.
House spokesman Hanafy El-Gebaly said the final vote for the law will only be done after a revision by the State Council, the report added.
A report by the parliament said the law aims to introduce a more effective system for water resource management in the country, and “address pollution and wastewater at a time [when] the country is facing dwindling water
resources and adverse climate change.”
But many complained of social media, saying the new legislation aims to sell irrigation water to farmers.