February 1, 2023

The annual per capita water level does not exceed 620 m3, making Morocco one of the countries most vulnerable to absolute water scarcity, defined as 500 m3 per person per year; While water consumption in the industrial sector is estimated at less than 8 percent, these are the conclusions of the meeting of the thematic committee on water policy in the House of Representatives in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. which the source confirmed to Hesperbes.

According to the same source, the members of the committee discussed a number of projects and measures to be taken in the context of confronting the water crisis, as an official from the Ministry of Industry stressed that Morocco should switch to unconventional water sources; Water desalination, wastewater reuse and rainwater harvesting.

In the context of their conversation on sustainable industrial development and sustainable water management in the industrial sector, the same official stated that at the 1992 Rio de Janeiro summit, Morocco committed itself to combining economic and social development with the conservation of natural resources, including water resources.

In the same context, he mentioned the establishment of the Moroccan Cleaner Production Center in 2000 to support the industrial sector in its efforts to rationalize water consumption and reduce liquid waste, as well as a cooperation program with UNIDO aimed at rationalizing the use of resources, including water, in 2013; As well as the contribution of the ministry to the development of Law 15.36 on water and its executive texts, which made changes and additions to Law 10.95, and then launched the economic recovery plan for 2022-2023.

In the context of talking about wastewater treatment projects in industrial areas, a representative of the ministry confirmed to the members of the committee that in order to support the development of the industrial area of ​​Ain Jawhar, a decision was made to build a joint wastewater treatment plant between the city of Tiflet and the industrial park of Ain Jawhar, with the aim of processing liquid industrial waste thrown into the aforementioned industrial shed, as well as liquid household waste from residents of the Ain Jawhar community of Sidi Bukhalkhal and the city of Tiflet.

The mobile sewage treatment plant between Tiflet and Ain Jawhara will reduce the pollutant loads resulting from the industrial zone by mixing it with large volumes of domestic wastewater, known for its low levels of pollutants and harmful substances compared to industrial zones. This will reduce the cost of treatment and facilitate its management. In this case, the bacteriological treatment plant will also work.

The total cost of completing the project of the joint wastewater treatment plant, including the work to connect it to the industrial hangar, is estimated at 125 million dirhams. Ain Jawhar Industrial Park Management Company contributes AED 74.77 million; Of these, AED 31.77 million is due for the contribution of the Hassan II Economic and Social Development Fund to the project to establish the aforementioned industrial park. The rest of the costs will be borne by the partners who signed the “Partnership and Financing Agreement to Solve the Pollution Problem of the Bourereg Valley”, signed in 2021.

In addition to the aforementioned station, the representative of the ministry referred to a joint wastewater treatment plant for the industrial pole of Noycerre. This project will treat liquid industrial waste that is discharged by industrial facilities in the Noycerre area, and its cost is up to 72.86 million dirhams. Ain Cheggag Industrial Park Dedicated Wastewater Treatment Plant, an ongoing AED 75 million project; In addition to the wastewater treatment plant project for Hadd Al Salem Industrial Park and Tetouan Park Station.

A spokesman for the ministry referred to the urgent measures under the Cebu Basin Industrial Pollution Control Plan, noting that as part of the completion of the Cebu Basin Industrial Pollution Control Action Plan project, about 554,250 cubic meters liquid waste generated by some 195 industrial plants will be recycled, especially the waste known as coral.

In this regard, a partnership agreement was prepared to determine the terms and conditions for the implementation of the emergency plan to combat industrial pollution in the Cebu Basin in partnership with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Equipment and Water Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development, Water Resources and Forests, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development and the Fes Region Vilayet.

In the same context, the responsible person spoke about the Wadi Yakum Water Pollution Reduction Project. The components of the project are to collect liquid industrial waste from two industrial zones, Ain Atik and Skhirat, and transport them to the wastewater pre-treatment plant of the cities of Rabat and Tamara, and linking those scattered at the level of the city center; and the establishment of a sewage treatment network in the industrial area of ​​Ain Atik, given that this industrial area currently does not have a treatment network.

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