Report: More than 90% of Moroccan beach waters meet quality standards

The Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development indicated, Friday in Rabat, that the compliance rate of bathing water from Moroccan beaches with microbiological quality standards reached 90.74%, on the occasion of the annual conference of presentation of the results of monitoring the quality of bathing water and sand on the Kingdom’s beaches for the year 2024.

In its report on “Monitoring the quality of bathing water and beach sands in the Kingdom”, the ministry highlighted that 382 monitoring stations out of 497 programmed for monitoring the quality of bathing water were classified as compliant with the requirements. microbiological standards, 421 stations having sufficient samples for classification according to the Moroccan standard (NM.03.7.199). The remaining 39 stations (9.26%) were found to be non-compliant, spread across 22 beaches in five coastal regions.

To deal with the threats from different sources of pollution, the report calls for strengthening liquid sanitation systems at the coasts, for continuous monitoring and ensuring the proper functioning of the various drainage devices, and for prohibiting any discharge of water. waste (domestic and/or industrial), to monitor septic tanks, to accelerate depollution systems in coastal cities and urban centers, and to regularly monitor all potential sources of pollution.

The report also recommends ensuring the maintenance and repair of sanitary facilities present in bathing areas, strengthening beaches with sanitary infrastructure and equipment, encouraging businesses to adopt ecological design, strengthening beach cleaning and marine waste collection throughout the year, to put in place systems to intercept and prevent waste from reaching the sea and coasts, as well as to adopt responsible ecological behaviors and initiatives and carry out awareness campaigns.

In her speech on this occasion, the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, declared that the beach monitoring program, carried out by the National Laboratory for Pollution Studies and Monitoring under the supervision of the ministry , is one of the most important projects providing precise data on the Moroccan coastline.

Benali stressed that this program monitored, this year, the water quality of 496 stations spread over 196 beaches, and monitored the quality of sand with a description of marine waste from 63 beaches, including 38 on the Atlantic coast and 25 on the Mediterranean coast, focusing in particular on fungal analyzes and the description of marine litter, in particular plastics.

She indicated in this regard that 10 environmental reports on bathing waters had been developed as a proactive management tool, bringing the total number to 184 reports.

According to the new national standard, this year’s monitoring operations yielded good results for bathing-compliant monitoring stations, which saw a slight improvement in general, while confirming that some beaches remain substandard, requiring additional efforts and the taking of all necessary measures by the parties concerned to improve the quality of their waters.

Regarding the quality of sand, Benali stressed that the problem of waste remains “the biggest challenge”, noting that more than 80% of waste present in the seas and coasts comes from terrestrial sources, and that plastic waste constitute more than 90%.

Benali expressed, on this occasion, her gratitude to Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, for the considerable efforts made in the environmental management of beaches and areas adjacent to the coasts of the Kingdom and for the contribution to preserving the health of the oceans to guarantee a sustainable future for future generations.

She stressed that the ministry ensures that the national program for monitoring the quality of bathing water and sand on Moroccan beaches is in harmony with the programs supervised by the Foundation, in particular the “Clean Beaches” program, the #BahrBlaPlastic operation and the “Blue Flag” program, which enabled 27 beaches and 3 marinas to obtain the “Blue Flag” as an environmental distinction.

On the other hand, the minister called on citizens to download the application (Iplages) to discover the Kingdom’s beaches and find out about their quality as well as the different facilities and equipment they offer.

It should be noted that the Moroccan standard relating to the management of the quality of bathing water (NM.03.7.199), which has been generalized to all beaches in the Kingdom since 2019, aims to monitor, classify and manage the quality of bathing waters, to prepare environmental reports and to inform the public.

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