The Arghen Valley, comprising 5 identified rural municipalities, namely Arazane, Toughmart, Imi N’Tayart, Nihit and Adar, was the territory chosen by the basin agency Souss Massa to promote access to water in this mountainous region where the consequences climate change are being felt, including a large variation in rains and devastating floods. In 2015, a first phase of the programme was launched in the form of decentralised cooperation (the Oudin-Santini Law). The construction of the infrastructure for this phase was completed at the end of 2017.
The Aït Ibourg project is part of a second phase that includes 4 new projects. In March 2018, a preliminary evaluation, conducted jointly by Experts-Solidaires and AgroParisTech- ENGREF, examined the context and proposals for technical and organisational solutions proposed by the municipalities.
The project aims to equip 18 villages in the municipalities of Arazane and Toughmart, in the Arghen Valley, Souss Massa Region, with a drinking water system. In these two municipalities, the entire water system must provide water to 3850 people.
The project aims to:
Enabling access to safe drinking water for the 3,580 inhabitants of Arazane and Toughmart
Expanding integrated water resource management in the Arghen Valley
Training village associations in systems management
Raising public awareness of hygiene and water use
Putting in place a grouping of the two municipalities
Integrating the municipalities of the Arghen Valley into an inter-communal management system for network maintenance
The implementation of the AEP system
Training village associations to manage the network
Introducing inter-communal management
Raising awareness of the use of water, hygiene, liquid sanitation
Support for the implementation of inter-communal management of water system management
RESULTS DIRECTS ATTENDUS
3850 people have access to safe drinking water
The sanitary conditions of the villages are improved
The end of the water chore for women and girls
The management of the drinking water system is sustainable and ensured by the users’ association
Accessible water consumption of 40 l/p/d and good practices for liquid sanitation by the local population
Limiting wastewater discharges into villages
An inter-communal management system is set up in the Arghen Valley
Improving the living conditions of the inhabitants
Improving the health of the village
Better management of the water resource in the Arghen Valley
SEDIF in decentralised cooperation with the Rural Municipality of Arazane
Associations of users of the villages of Arazane and Toughmart
Souss Massa Hydraulic Basin Agency
Taroudant Water Service
HEE Design Office
Union des Eaux de Ile-de-France
Moroccan funding: Municipality of Toughmart, INDH, ANDZOA.