More than 96% of Morocco’s Population Has Access to Water that Meets WHO Standards (Official)
Rabat – Secretary of State for Water Charafat Afilal said, Monday in Rabat, that 96.5% of the Moroccan population has access to water that meets the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In response to a central question on “expanding access to clean water in rural areas” at the House of Representatives, Afilal highlighted Morocco’s achievements in this area, adding that the supply rate has increased in two decades from 14% to 96.5% currently.
This performance is due to the colossal investments made by the government in this area, reaching 19 billion dirhams, which has had a direct impact on human development and living conditions of the population, notably schooling in rural areas, as well as on the support of income-generating activities.
Despite these achievements, she said, gaps remain in some areas where the water supply rate remains below the national level, especially in rural and mountain areas, because of the scarcity of groundwater resources and reliefs making connection to the distribution network difficult.
To remedy this situation, the secretary of State shed light on the program implemented by the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water and the plan to combat territorial disparities, in addition to the government’s emergency program, worth more than 600 million dirhams.