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Taroudant water treatment plant project implementation in Morocco complete

Taroudant water treatment plant project carried out in Taroudant, a city in the Souss-Massa region in Morocco by the Office national de l’électricité et de l’eau potable (ONEE) as part of the National Program for Drinking Water Supply and Irrigation 2020-2027 (PNAEPI) has been completed.

The scope of the project included the construction of a water treatment plant with a capacity of 17,280 m3 per day. The plant shall treat water from the reservoir of the nearly 16,000 km2 Aoulouz dam that has a capacity of 110 million m3 and which is located on the Oued Souss River in mid-southern Morocco, Sous region.

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Water treated at the Taroudant water treatment plant will be transported by a new linear pipe with a diameter of between 500 and 900 mm and equipped with three load breakers over nearly 80 km. A 3,000 m3 reservoir was also constructed to store drinking water for distribution and a remote management system was installed for the entire drinking water network.

Expectations for the Taroudant water treatment plant and other planned projects under PNAEPI 2020-2027

According to the director-general of ONEE, Abderrahim EL Hafidi the nearly US$ 27.6M Taroudant water treatment plant will enter into commercial service before the end of October 2021.

The plant will significantly improve the supply of drinking water in Taroudant city, which is currently supplied from underground resources that have experienced in recent years a significant decline leading to a deficit that has reached 20%.

To mitigate the effects of water stress in the North African country, the PNAEPI 2020-2027 will in addition to the construction of water treatment plants focus on the construction of large dams with an expected capacity of 27.3 billion m3 and three seawater desalination plants.

It will also factor in the modernization of irrigation networks and collective conversion to localized irrigation and the realization of hydro-agricultural development of irrigated areas.

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