The Director General of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Abderrahim el Hafidi, and the Director of the French Development Agency (AFD), Mihoub Mezouaghi, signed a € 50 million Credit Agreement in favor of ONEE.
This loan, it is said, is intended for the implementation of the Program for the extension and improvement of the performance and resilience of the drinking water service in the northern provinces of Morocco. On the one hand, the Program aims to extend access to drinking water in the rural areas of Al Hoceima, Driouch, Nador and Taounate provinces, and on the other hand to boost production in urban areas, to increase storage autonomy in these provinces and to improve the performance of drinking water supply facilities.
It will benefit about 300 000 inhabitants, nearly half of them in rural areas and the other in urban areas.
Although the drinking water and sanitation sector in Morocco has been experiencing a considerable increase in access to water in recent decades, several challenges remain: the rate of wastewater treatment remains low (only 20% of collected water is treated) and the connection to drinking water in rural areas is struggling to accelerate.
In 2005, the government launched, for this purpose, a National Sanitation Program (NAP) which aimed to achieve 60% treatment rate of water collected and 80% rate of connection to the sanitary network in areas by 2020.