Rabat – A video has captured Casablanca-based French waste management company Lydec dumping wastewater in the sea near the Hassan II Mosque.
Moroccan news site Hepress posted the video, which shows the dumping of wastewater taking place, causing a wide dark spot to cover the sea’s blue color.
According to the website, a wastewater treatment station where the sewage could have taken was only a half-kilometer away.
Fishermen who fish in the same spot complained about the polluting of the area, saying it has become filled with a stinking smell, and called the disposal of the wastewater by Lydec “irresponsible.”
A Lydec official promised such dumping would not happen again, justifying the dump by citing an apparent accumulation of waste in the sewage system.
Moussa Siraj Dine, a civil society activist, urged Casablanca’s elected representatives and officials to take responsibility to protect the city’s environment.
He added that Lydec has already received complaints from the city’s residents about its management of wastewater.
Lydec has managed waste,water resource and energy in Casablanca for years. Many demonstrations have previously been held against the French company, protesting against the quality of services and the high water and electricity bills.