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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Despite Decline in Dam Reserves, Drinking Water Needs Were Met – Minister

Despite the drop in the filling rate of dams, the needs for drinking water have been met regularly thanks to the consolidation of the groundwater supply and of dams reserved for agriculture, Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka said on Friday.

In a presentation before the Council of Government on water stress and emergency and structural measures, Mr. Baraka explained that the desalination of seawater has been carried out, particularly in Agadir, where about 15 million m3 of water have been treated since February 2022, Minister Delegate in charge of relations with Parliament, Government Spokesman, Mustapha Baitas, said at a press briefing following the weekly Cabinet meeting.

On this occasion, Mr. Baraka reviewed the most important emergency measures put in place to cope with the water situation and ensure a regular supply of water during summer in the different regions of the Kingdom, as well as the efforts made in terms of raising awareness and rational use of water.

The minister also stressed the need to expand the program of exploitation of treated wastewater in the watering of green spaces, improve the efficiency of distribution networks, accelerate the pace of completion of desalination plants of sea water in Casablanca, Safi, El Jadida, and Nador, and speed up the implementation of the contingency tranche of the project of the connection between the basins of Sebou and Bouregreg.

To meet the needs of the population of rural areas, whose groundwater resources are low, 706 water tanker trucks have been dispatched to ensure the supply of 2.7 million inhabitants spread over 75 prefectures and provinces. Besides, 26 mobile desalination stations have been installed in 17 provinces and 15 stations for the desalination of brackish water were established in 9 provinces.

Mr. Baraka also stressed the importance of continuing the implementation of new projects to ensure the supply of drinking water in rural areas, under the 2020-2027 national program of drinking water supply and irrigation, which targets 1,970 villages and 40 centers.

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