Morocco - Marrakech Region Water Supply Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 07 Nov 2012
Signature Date 19 Dec 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 115,032,082.96
Status Implementation

Project General Description

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.

Project Objectives

The project will help to meet the drinking water and industrial water needs of the Marrakech region by 2030 by tapping surface water from the Al Massira dam.


The project will prioritize the populations of the towns and cities concerned and neighbouring urban and rural centres. In terms of supply, it will strengthen and improve the quantity and quality of the drinking water supply of about 2 million people as from 2017 and provide both ONEE (Water Branch) as producer and distributor, and the Marrakech Autonomous Water and Electricity Distribution Board (RADEEMA) as distributor with the resources to sustain growing demand in the areas concerned until 2030 – when the area’s population will reach about 3 million, with over one million in in rural areas. It will also help to supply the industrial water needs of the Phosphates Authority (Office chérifien de Phosphates – OCP) for its Ben Guerir site.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau potable (ONEE)


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-E00-009
Last Update 09 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name EL OUAHABI Mohamed

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
31.5642 -7.67037 Ait Ourir
31.2167 -8.23184 Amizmiz
32.2423 -7.95534 Benguerir
31.6341 -8.25097 Et Tnine Oudaya
31.4276 -7.7921 Ghmate
31.8723 -8.17436 Kettara
31.3625 -8.13578 Lalla Takerkoust
31.28 -7.96 My Brahim
31.523 -7.833 Sidi Abdallah Ghiat
31.8366 -7.928 Sidi Bou Othmane