Morocco - Eighth Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project (DWSSP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Nov 2004
Signature Date 07 Feb 2005
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2009
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 46,240,591.64
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present intervention focus on the eighth Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project (DWSS). It aims to enable the Government of Morocco, in the short term, to increase the rural access rate from 55% in 2004 to 92% in 2007. This access rate is beyond the Millennium Development Goals (a halving of the population without access to drinking water). The expected effects of the project are: (1) to meet, from 2008, the increase in the demand for Drinking Water Supply (DWS); (2) to ensure water resources for DWS feeding; (3) to provide drinking water supply for 3 new tourist areas and a new port complex from 2008; (4) to protect the water table that supplies the area from Kenitra to Salé; and (4) to ensure the liquid sanitation of Sidi Taibi for a population. The project consists of the following main components: (i) drinking water supply systems; (ii) purification of wastewater from the center of Sidi Taibi; (iii) acquisition of land necessary for the laying of the pipes; (iv) geotechnical control consisting of laboratory tests; and (v) studies, supervision and control of the works.

Project Objectives

The project's sectoral objective is to improve the living conditions of the population through access to drinking water and wastewater treatment. The specific objectives of the project are to ensure a drinking water supply in a sustainable way for several cities (Marrakech, Essaouira-El Jadida, Beni Mellal, Berkane-Saidia and Azemmour), three new tourist areas and the port of Tangier - Mediterranean, to facilitate access to drinking water in unserved rural areas, as well as to improve the health conditions of the population and to ensure the protection and preservation of water resources.


The main beneficiaries of this intervention are areas concerned by the project, namely: the cities of Marrakech, Essaouira-El Jadida, Beni Mellal, Berkane-Saidia and Azemmour; three new tourist areas and the port of Tangier - Mediterranean.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
National Office of Drinking Water (ONEP)
Office National de l'Eau Potable (ONEP)


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-E00-005
Last Update 28 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name BEN SASSI Belgacem

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
31.6362 -8.01041 Marrakech
32.3373 -6.34983 Beni Mellal
31.5125 -9.77 Essaouira
35.7673 -5.79975 Tangier