Demand management in urban water supply

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Courtesy of IWA Publishing

Since the 1930s, the drinking water supply of the Rabat-Casablanca coastal area has depended on water transfers from groundwater, from Maamora, and surface water, from the Bou Regreg Basin.

Assessments carried out during the 1980s, based on patterns of water use at that time, showed that by 2010, transfers would have to be extended to include the surface water of Oued Sebu, if water requirements were to be met. The investments required to realise this water transfer together with investments in production, distribution and sanitation in the Bou Regreg Basin would have been considerable, as well as incompatible with the State budget.

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