March 28, 2023

Nizar Baraka, Minister of Equipment and Water Resources, said the National Drinking Water and Electricity Authority has entered into about 1,206 partnership agreements with associations to provide drinking water to rural areas.

He added today, Monday, during an oral session of the House of Representatives that his ministry is in the process of drafting a bill defining the relationship between the office and associations.

He acknowledged that despite the office’s support for these water quality associations, there are a number of challenges hindering their work, including limited human and financial resources, which have negatively impacted rural communities.

It is noteworthy that the number of associations working in the field of drinking water reaches 6,700 associations, which annually ensure the distribution of 81.2 million cubic meters for the benefit of 4.5 million people, more than a third of the rural population and 13 percent of the Moroccan population.

The financial value of the water supply placed at the disposal of these associations exceeds 2.9 billion dirhams, which was carried out from the budget of the municipalities, the National Drinking Water Authority or other bodies.

These figures were included in the report of the Supreme Accounting Council for 2019 and 2020, and based on them, a proposal for a law on the regulation of territorial communities, submitted by the Progress and Socialism Team to the House of Representatives, was presented.

Team member Hasan Amrbit demanded that the government respond to this proposal, which was made in order to “fill the legal void and resolve it within the institutional law of the communities, so that associations involved in the distribution of drinking water for the benefit of rural residents can acquire full capacity to implement activities in full compliance with the law.

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