The royal appeal for improved water supply is consistent with the country’s push for a new inclusive and citizens-focused development model.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI has instructed Morocco’s governmental departments in charge of water policy to improve water supply for Moroccan homes, especially in the remote localities in the northern and southern provinces.
The firm royal instructions came during a high-profile meeting on water policy on Thursday in Rabat, according to a press release from the Royal Cabinet.
At this period of the year, just before the holy month of Ramadan and high tourism season in summer, demand for water and other resources grows substantially, according the press statement.
But the increase in water demands is also linked to the existence of industrial plants and other development projects launched in recent years in many of the concerned regions, the statement noted.
“These socio-economic projects such as the Renault automobile industrial plants or the Tangier Tech Mohammed VI initiative launched in cooperation with Chinese partners require an improvement in the water supply of the regions,” the statement explained.
In his instructions, the King emphasized that all relevant ministries should work together to meet the increasing demand for water.
In line with the King’s instructions, the government water department promised that “the needs in water will be met thanks to interconnection programs” linking three dam projects in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region. The projects include the Bni Mansour dam, set to have a capacity of over 1 billion cubic meters.
The King’s appeal, which falls within the bounds of the country’s new inclusive and sustainable development model, is a further illustration of the Moroccan monarch’s push to improve the efficiency of public service in meeting the demands of the country’s most needy households, the statement suggested.
Also included in the royal statement was the King’s insistence that subsequent meetings and government actions be organized to “accord special importance” to securing and improving water supply for “regions that have chronically lagged behind.”