The economic and social development of Morocco entails an increasing demand on the already scarce water resources in the country, whether for the supply of drinking water to urban and rural populations, to industries or touristic establishments. On top of that, there is also a growing demand for irrigation. In view of the high and growing water demands in the country, the efficient use of water has become of paramount importance and is among the country’s national priorities.
In view of the above, the EU funded Water and Environment Support (WES) project was requested to therefore support the Moroccan Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water to help them advance the management of water demand in the country to reduce water needs for domestic, public, tourism and industrial uses. During the kick off meeting of the project, which took place this week on-line, Jacques Legros from the EU Delegation in Morocco emphasised that since many years the EU is supporting Morocco in the field of water management. “Furthermore we are trying to implement the European Green Deal, which tries to find responses to fight climate change, in our partner countries as well” Legros added.
On behalf of WES, Matthew Bullock, an international water expert, together with national expert Abdel Kader Ben Omar will assess and diagnose the current situation of water demand management in Morocco. Based upon the assessment they will develop guidelines aimed at improving knowledge of the levels of efficiency of water use and water consumption. The project will focus on advising on typical water saving measures which can be easily applied in the country. The project will be implemented between now and March 2021.