Water, treatment, real cost, waste... Benata dissects the royal speech

In his speech to Parliament in Rabat at the opening of the first session of the second legislative year of the eleventh legislature, King Mohammed VI called this Friday, October 14, to have another look at the problem of water, “the current state of water resources challenges us all, government, institutions and citizens”. Also, the Sovereign called for a break with all forms of waste or anarchic and irresponsible exploitation of this vital resource.

MoroccoLatestNews called on a gentleman who, in this respect, has always been a spearhead in this fight, Mohamed Benata, Agricultural Engineer, Doctor of Geography, President of the Espace de SolidaritĂ© et de CoopĂ©ration de l’Oriental (ESCO), Coordinator of the ECOLOPLATFORME of Northern Morocco (ECOLOMAN), in this case. ” I personally greatly appreciated the Sovereign’s speech where he raised all the different points of the water issue. The King has called on decision makers, managers, the Administration and all those involved in water management to really take it into consideration “.

Then recalling that the Sovereign underlined “that drought has become structural in Morocco”Mohamed Benata will go on to say“therefore, we must be very attentive to water management, which, by the way, is everyone’s business, and take into account the effects of climate change. Especially since Morocco is currently going through a period of severe drought that it has not experienced for four decades. We will have to plan for very difficult times, if not worse than the one we are experiencing.“.

The campaigner and environmental activist further says: “What I still appreciated the most in the royal speech was when the Sovereign recalled a point that decision-makers have always seemed to ignore. Indeed, the latter only have eyes for the supply of water, dams, desalination units, pumping stations… the executive and those responsible for water management must work on demand. We must not waste water, we must manage it in good conscience and make reasonable use of it, but we are only talking about hydraulic infrastructures and we are generally neglecting the management of demand, which Her Majesty pointed out on Friday“.

The agricultural engineer will say to this effect, that “against the waste evoked in the royal speech, we owe ourselves to a rational exploitation of water and to put an end to the anarchic one which currently dominates through pumping, the drilling of wells at hundreds and more meters to reach water water tables which tend to disappear. Today, it is time for other orientations, for science and research, for new technologies in the field of water saving as mentioned by the Sovereign. We must remain consistent with the discourse and open a new era where water, whatever its origin, must be accounted for, there is no longer any room for anarchic exploitation where everyone made free use of it. . In short, we must ensure the optimal management of demand as recommended in the royal speech.“.

The Sovereign also mentioned a very important aspect according to the Dr in Geography, it is the real cost of water. And to quote the price of water desalination per cubic meter of Agadir which is more than 16 dhs according to Mohamed Benata. “in the tariffs, it is counted at five dirhams and cents to encourage farmers to use it, it is downright x3. We do not know what became of the 11 dhs difference (State subsidy or other calculations). Ultimately, water desalination, which was put forward as a solution, is in fact not really so given its expensive price. When Her Majesty says that the real price of water must be taken into consideration, that means what it means. The user must pay at least the cost price of the water, regardless of its origin, runoff, pumping, desalination or other..

What is also very interesting in the royal speech is when the Sovereign mentions the treatment of wastewater and the effort to be made to use it.“, will explain our interlocutor. “This solution is much cheaper than desalination. They are certainly apprehensions to received ideas that sea water is cleaner, but this is not true. When the wastewater passes through treatment stations and undergoes appropriate purification, i.e. having passed all the stages and having been cleared of heavy materials, bacteria and other viruses and with an addition at the end of the course of some minerals, they are even consumable as drinking water. The best example is California where it is distributed in cafes and restaurants after five processing phases“.

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