Parliament calls for urgent government action to spare Moroccans thirst in the summer

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As summer approaches and temperatures rise, thirst is threatening the thousands of Moroccan villagers. Parliamentarians have called on the government to avoid a “thirst revolution” in the summer of 2019.

Parliamentarians at the weekly oral questions session in the lower house of parliament said on Monday that a number of Moroccan villages and towns were experiencing scarcity of potable water, and that the suffering of the population was rising to record levels, especially in the southern provinces.

The MPs stressed that “the indicators of repeating the thirst scenario in the coming summer season exist,” calling on the government to “take practical steps and not approach a patch approach after the occurrence of problems.”

The Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, acknowledged the existence of drinking water in many areas of Morocco. He pointed out that “the government is processing the facilities connected to a number of centers that continue to be financed by some tanks.”

After taking responsibility for the imbalances in the water sector of previous governments, Minister Amara confirmed that the Ottoman government is working to raise the storage capacity of potable water.

In response to the MPs’ questions, Amara added that the ministry is working on preparing a distribution map that will cost billions of dirhams to connect all groups and waterways to the water system. “This linkage requires some years, then consideration of storage through dams or desalination of seawater,” he added.

The budget for storage capacity for potable water will rise from 18.6 billion dirhams to 30 billion dirhams, he said, adding that “this effort is being made only by strong governments with a long-term vision.”

“The National Bureau of Drinking Water intervenes in almost 715 land communities at the national level,” the minister said, acknowledging that 41 centers had experienced problems last year, before confirming that “the government is working to get past this summer.”

The intervention of the government this summer will not reduce the thirst problems according to Minister Amara, who pointed out that “some centers will know the end of the deficit next summer.” But other areas will continue to have some problems and we will try to deal with local authorities.

King Mohammed VI warned the “Ottoman government” to the problems of drinking water and grazing water in rural and mountainous areas. The King also instructed the Prime Minister to preside over a committee to examine this issue in order to find appropriate solutions.

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