The national water demand is expected to reach 16.5 billion cubic meters in 2030 based on the current supply conditions.
In this regard, the World Bank will approve to finance the introduction of integrated urban water management for the National Office of Electricity and Drinking water (ONEE) which is first in Morocco, and whole MENA region.
Valued at $ 100 million, the fund is expected to be approved by early 2016.
The integrated urban water management gives a comprehensive view of all stages of the life cycle of water in urban areas, to optimize its management, to cope with the shortage, the rapid growth of the urban population, pollution and non-optimized interaction between water and other sectors in energy, agriculture, industry, tourism, and particularly in households.
This program will entail better coordination between ONEE, the hydraulic basin agencies and municipalities. The aim is to make cities in the country sustainable and resilient through better management of supply and demand of this resource which is scarce. This will be carried out by balancing the demands of different users and improving governance, services and water supply infrastructure.
In the first phase, three regions of the Kingdom namely Al Hoceima, Tarfaya and Sidi Ifni, will benefit to this program.
Besides the governance component of supply and demand, the support of the World Bank will also finance the implementation of three desalination plants of medium-sized sea water as part of a public-private partnership.
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