Drinking water and sanitation, waste collection and treatment, power distribution... Access to essential services is one of the cornerstones of economic development and poverty reduction. The impact of climate change on access to essential services is a stake, which Veolia took the measure.
Even in the poorest countries, being deprived of access to water is not a fatality. In Niger, infrastructure adapts: installation of fountains in urban centers and peri-urban allows millions of people to access clean drinking water. In this West African country, the water access issue is crucial. Niger is ranked last in the Human Development Index established by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Water resources are widely present in the country: the Niger River, which crosses the capital, Niamey, has sufficient but irregular flow over certain periods of the year. Veolia treats this water with the same technology and the same quality standards as in Europe. But the Group does not only supply the capital: it is present in 54
provincial towns. For those too far from the river, groundwater is captured by drilling. As for the countryside, devoid of any infrastructure for drinking water and outside the scope of the Veolia contract, they are supplied by wells and boreholes installed by the residents. Niger does not have infrastructure for sanitation, but this subject is being studied with the French Development Agency. However, even if the lack of sanitation is a problem in some areas, “the majority of the water distributed is not rejected, and thus can not be retreated, says Rémi Bourgarel. Indeed, consumption of individual water is low, about 20
liters per person per day, against 180
liters in France.” This is why Veolia remains focused on pressing needs: access to drinking water for the greatest number.
The cleanup of the bay of Tangier
, significant investments have been made to equip all regions of Morocco with an important infrastructure for wastewater treatment. Veolia through its two subsidiaries Redal and Amendis greatly contributed to improving the water quality to preserve the cities immediate ecosystem where it operates and in particular the waterfront of cities like Tangier.
As we approach the marina in Tangier, no one doubts that the Moorish Kasbah style building, typically Tangier style, houses one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Morocco. This infrastructure at the forefront of technology and processes, has mobilized a budget of 600 million Dirham, treats the wastewater of the city, more than 120,000 m3/day, prior discharge to the sea via an emissary at 2.2 km from the shore. The construction is designed to ensure the pretreatment of 218,000 m3 per day in 2027, in order to support the development of the city and its region.
The clean-up program of the Bay of Tangier set up by Amendis has, in addition to improving the inhabitant’s quality of life, contributed to the city tourism and economic development. The pretreatment station of Tangier harbor helped to preserve the coastline and gave the opportunity to the city residents and visitors to reclaim this living space.
The treatment plant processes are certified ISO 14001 [certification for Environmental Management System] and it allowed Tangier beaches to be accredited the famous Blue Flag label, labeling awarded to beaches whose bathing water quality is among the best in Morocco.