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World Bank lends Morocco $158mn to improve water

Project aims to connect more homes to mains supply.

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The World Bank is lending Morocco money to improve its water supply.
The World Bank is lending Morocco money to improve its water supply.

The World Bank Group is lending Morocco US $158.6 million to support its Rural Water Supply Project.

The project supports the efforts of Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable to provide underserved rural areas with access to safe and reliable drinking water.

One of the primary methods will be to encourage a shift from standpipes to house connections.

The aim is to extend services to about 420,000 people in underserved areas of the targeted provinces.

The loan comes as part of wider package of assistance to Morocco.

"The strategy is anchored in the country’s development priorities and is in line with the World Bank Group’s goals of reducing poverty and promoting shared prosperity," said Simon Gray, the World Bank’s Director for the Maghreb region.

"It stems from extensive consultation with government representatives, members of civil society and the private sector, as well as with other key stakeholders."

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