MOROCCO – Lydec, a French utility company which responsible for provision of public utilities in the greater Casablanca area has launched a new US$36 million wastewater and rainwater treatment system.

The project will involve the construction of water treatment facilities around the National Road No. 1 (RN1) and in the areas of Errahma and Hay Hassani at a cost of 77 million Moroccan dirhams (about US$8.3 million).

The works which have already started are divided into four lots for the sewage canalization, as well as three parts for the storm water management.

The project will also involve the construction of a pumping station capable of evacuating 750 m3 of water per hour.

Wastewater and rainwater will be discharged via a 3.4 km long underground tunnel and a 410 linear metre pipeline.

According to Lydec, the works are intended to strengthen flood control and prevention and guarantee long-term preservation of the heritage in terms of the renewal and rehabilitation of collectors and equipment.

The company which is the Moroccan subsidiary of the French group Suez says that the project will also help protect and preserve the National Road No. 1 (RN1) against degradation by wastewater and rain water.

According to a statement from the company, National Road No. 1 is an important road in Morocco as it links Tangier and Lagouira in Western Sahara.

Lydec provides public utilities such as drinking water, collection of waste and rainwater, and distribution of electricity and public lighting in the greater Casablanca area.

The company’s presence in Casablanca dates to colonial times when it provided water services to Morocco which was then a French colony.

Services to Casablanca were terminated after independence, but later restored in 1999 when the when Lydec won a 30-year concession to manage city’s water, sewerage and power networks.

in 2008 the concession contract was renegotiated to provide a better balance between the two partners, limiting the rate of return of the concessionnaire from 14.6% to 11.7% and requiring him to increase his investments by Dirham 1bn.

Today, Lydec employs more than 3,300 people and provides water, sewerage and electricity services to about 6.86 million people living in the greater Casablanca region.

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