The Marrakech Region Water Supply Project in Morocco consists in ensuring the secure supply of drinking water to the city of Marrakech and its neighbouring urban centres from the Al Massira dam and meeting the industrial water needs of the country’s Phosphates Authority (Office chérifien de Phosphates – OCP).
Its design was based on the priority needs outlined by ONEE (Water Branch) in its Programme Contract with the Moroccan State for the 2012-2016 period. This area has three poles (Marrakech, Al Haouz and Al Kelaa) which are experiencing significant urban, tourism and industrial development.
The project has the following components:
(i) Development of water production, storage and supply infrastructure divided into two subcomponents: one part "water declogged" & another part dedicated to "treated water";
(ii) Technical support: Studies, control and supervision of works. The total cost is estimated at UA 212.1 million, with a 60-month period (2013-2017) planned for completion. This operation provides an opportunity for the Bank to foster its cooperation with a major water sector partner in Morocco, the French Development Agency, which participates in its financing.