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Morocco builds largest seawater desalination plant in Africa

The Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, said that the largest seawater desalination plant in Africa will be built in Casablanca, in order to address the potential deficit in drinking water.

This declaration took place during the presentation by the Minister of his draft sector budget for the year 2021, before the Committee on Infrastructures, Energy and Minerals in the House of Representatives. He indicated that the Kingdom has a great experience in the field of seawater desalination since it started this experience since the seventies.

In detail, the politician noted that “today we have 46 thousand cubic meters of this water per day, about 100,000 cubic meters in progress, and 400 thousand cubic meters in programming, so that the planned total is about 550 thousand cubic meters”.

Mr. Amara explained that this is a structural change with regard to water management, stressing that according to the existing transformations, the dependence will be on the construction of dams, the desalination of the seawater and water use efficiency.

He added that “there is no question of not resorting to drip irrigation systems and of continuing to dig wells in agricultural activities”, specifying that “more than a billion cubic meters of aquatic resources are wasted annually”.

The minister further explained that the question of the hierarchy of water is based on the priority of drinking water, then agricultural water, then other uses. He also noted, at the same time, that the rate of dam construction in Morocco has fallen sharply.

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