The New Year starts with good news for tourists, visitors, and inhabitants of Casablanca who have complained of the lack of public restrooms in Morocco’s busiest city.
Rabat – Casablanca, Morocco’s economic center and most populated city will soon get its first public restrooms, albeit only 100.
With a population of 3.36 million, Casablanca will have just one public restroom for over 30,000 people.
Casa Amenagement SA, a road construction company in Casablanca, has pledged to construct the public restrooms at a cost of over MAD 50 million.
The company is expected to start construction in the coming weeks.
A study by the National School of Commerce and Management, based on interviews with Moroccans, found that women are the most likely to use public restrooms in the country.
Ninety-one percent of women surveyed expressed their frequent need to use public restrooms, compared to 80 percent of male interviewees.
Without public restrooms, many people use toilets in public spaces, such as stores, shopping centers, cafes, or road stations. Some even tend to urinate in public.
Locals and visitors alike have also complained about the lack of hygienic restrooms in Casablanca’s suburbs.
Poor sanitation in public restrooms is a threat to public health because it is linked to the transmission of diseases such as hepatitis A, cholera, and diarrhea.