As part of its 2022-2026 priority program, Régie Autonome Multi Services d’Agadir (RAMSA) has mobilized $9.62 million (96 MDH) to reinforce its storage capacities. Since 2022, five reservoirs have been launched, with a capacity of 42,000 m3, in addition to the construction of four interconnection infrastructures between the distribution stages linking the north and south of Agadir, for an overall budget of $15 million (150 MDH).
Securing the supply of drinking water is a strategic challenge for areas facing water stress. And Greater Agadir, which is currently undergoing increasing urbanization, is no exception to the rule, especially following the installation of a shared seawater desalination plant to meet the water needs of the communes making up Greater Agadir.
As part of its 2022-2026 priority program, the Régie Autonome Multi-Services d’Agadir (RAMSA), which is responsible for water management, liquid sanitation, and the reuse of purified wastewater in the Greater Agadir area, has already embarked on a program to build storage reservoirs in order to secure the distribution of drinking water.
A total of $9.6 million (96 MDH) has been mobilized by the water authority to reinforce its storage capacities. Since 2022, five reservoirs with a total capacity of 42,000 m3 have been launched. They will increase distribution autonomy to over 24 hours, with a total capacity of 180,000 m3. It should be noted that these reservoirs will supply the entire RAMSA management perimeter in Greater Agadir, scheduled to come on stream in 2023.
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Interconnection infrastructure: RAMSA builds four transfer projects
At the same time, the creation of this storage capacity was accompanied by the construction of interconnection infrastructures between the distribution levels linking the north to the south of this zone, at a cost of $1.5 million (150 MDH). The aim is to ensure the supply of drinking water from the various resources available in the Souss-Massa region, and thus secure the water supply of Greater Agadir in the event of the unavailability of one of these resources.
At present, the interconnections are structured around four major projects, totaling over 28 kilometers. Firstly, the interconnection transferring water from the Tassila 75 complex to the Bouargane 130 complex, over a distance of 8 km, and the transfer from the Bouargane 130 complex to the Anza 245 level, over a distance of 12 km. In addition, 3 km of interconnections will transfer power from Anza 245 to Aourir, north of Agadir, and 5 km from Aourir 179 to Tamraght 125.
With regard to securing the electricity supply to the pumping stations, the aim of which is to ensure the supply of drinking water to all districts, RAMSA has installed three generators (from 250 kva to 630 kva) at a cost of $240,000 (2.4 MDH) during the current year. The second phase, to equip the remaining pumping stations with generators, was launched at a cost of $230,000 (2.3 MDH), with commissioning scheduled for the end of 2023.
$400,000 (4 MDH) to upgrade remote management facilities
RAMSA is also working to save water by improving and maintaining the efficiency of its 2,493 km drinking water distribution network at over 79%, and by reinforcing its action plan to rehabilitate obsolete networks and search for water leaks. These actions have enabled RAMSA to maintain network performance indicators at satisfactory levels.
In 2023, RAMSA also upgraded its remote management facilities at a cost of $400,000 (4 MDH). A second tranche is scheduled for the end of 2023, at a cost of $290,000 (2.9 MDH). It should be noted that, with the remote management of its networks, the establishment operates through real-time supervision of drinking water, liquid sanitation, and purified water installations, with the aim of improving the responsiveness of network maintenance teams in order to save water and energy and improve the quality of service provided to customers.
As a reminder, the water authority has deployed a communication and awareness-raising campaign on water saving in Greater Agadir, to encourage customers to adopt simple, everyday eco-actions that will help preserve this scarce resource.
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