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Laâyoune: A second seawater desalination plant by 2021

The city of Laâyoune will have, before the end of June 2021, a second seawater desalination station with a capacity of 300 L/s that can meet the needs of the local population until 2040, announced Director General of the National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEEP), Abderrahim Hafidi.

Hafidi, who took part on Friday in Laâyoune on the board of directors of the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra hydraulic basin agency, said that this project comes on top of the first sea desalination station inaugurated in 1995 of a capacity of 300 L/s.

In a statement, he added that a second project will see the light of day soon in Laâyoune and concerns the construction of a wastewater treatment station with a capacity of 18,600 m3/day, specifying that this project which will be delivered in 2020 will give a strong impetus to the development of this city, in particular the development of green spaces.

The director general of ONEEP also announced that the works to build a seawater desalination station in Dakhla will be launched soon in order to meet the water needs of the populations of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region.

He noted that the meeting of the board of directors of the Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra Hydraulic Basin Agency, chaired by the Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, was very important in that it comes a few days after the working session chaired by King Mohammed VI and devoted to the national priority program of supply of drinking water and irrigation water for the period 2020-2027.

This meeting, he noted, is all the more important as the region is known for the scarcity of surface water, a situation that has led ONEEP to use the technique of desalinating seawater by the creation of a station in Boujdour in 1977 and that of Laâyoune in 1995.

In addition to his participation in this meeting, Hafidi visited projects to strengthen the supply of drinking water to the city of Laâyoune through the construction of the second sea desalination plant and the wastewater treatment plant.

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