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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

MOROCCO: Biwater wins contract for the Moulay Bousselham wastewater treatment plant


The British company Biwater has just been chosen by the Régie Autonome de Kenitra (RAK) to build the Moulay Bousselham wastewater treatment plant. The plant will treat wastewater from the seaside resort in the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra region of Morocco.

Biwater’s expertise is once again being sought in Morocco. The British company, which specialises in providing sustainable wastewater treatment solutions, will build a wastewater treatment plant in Moulay Bousselham, a seaside village in the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra region. On July 27th, 2021, Biwater signed a related agreement with the Régie Autonome de Kenitra (RAK).

Biwater’s turnkey contract covers the design and construction of the new plant, the capacity of which will be revealed as the project progresses. Once commissioned, the Moulay Bousselham wastewater treatment plant will provide pre-treatment, biological treatment and advanced tertiary treatment of wastewater, including low-pressure closed-loop ultraviolet disinfection. “The objective of this project is to protect the Moulay Bousselham lagoon and beach from wastewater discharge and to recharge the water table,” says Yassine Laib, Biwater’s Country Manager for Morocco. The treated wastewater will also be used for irrigation. Moulay Bousselham is known for its agriculture, and is renowned for its strawberry production, which is exported worldwide.

Poorly managed wastewater can cause biological disturbances, resulting in disorders in reproduction, growth or the immune system of aquatic organisms. The resort, located near the Merje Zerga lagoon reserve, is one of the most important bird habitats in Morocco, attracting birdwatchers from all over the world. The future Moulay Bousselham plant will contribute to the mitigation of bacteriological pollution, which causes waterborne diseases. Every year, thousands of tourists visit its magnificent, endless beach, surrounded by dunes and open to the Atlantic Ocean.

This project is part of the Moroccan authorities’ strategy to increase investment in sanitation solutions tenfold, a priority as “the North African kingdom strives to meet the demands of developing industry, commerce, agriculture and tourism,” says Biwater, a company founded in 1968 by Adrian White and headed since May 2021 by Peter Earl.

Inès Magoum

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