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Drought puts Morocco’s water infrastructure projects into overdrive

Morocco’s budget for water infrastructure is rising as desalination and dam projects advance amid droughts and increasing international partnerships.
Changing climate conditions and the need to secure water resources has led Morocco to add another 18 dams to its current network of 152, which includes the Abdelmoumen dam, some 37 miles from the coastal city of Agadir, shown here, October 23, 2020.

Repeated droughts and dwindling water resources have pushed Moroccan authorities into emergency mode. As the country grapples with its worst drought in 40 years, the building of critical water infrastructure has emerged as a key element of government policy. 

Subsequently, the need to speed up projects and improve water security is accelerating cooperation between Morocco’s water sector and foreign operators. 

In late July during the Russia-Africa summit held in Saint Petersburg, the Moroccan firm Water & Energy Solutions signed a memorandum of understanding with the Russian energy company Rosatom to jointly research and develop small-scale seawater desalination plants for the kingdom, potentially using nuclear energy to lower the costs associated with the process. 

In November 2022, the National Office of Electricity and Water (ONEE), the kingdom’s utility, signed a cooperation deal with Israel's National Water Company to work together on desalination and water reutilization projects. 

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