Car wash owners seek alternative solutions to face the water crisis

Carwash owners began looking for alternative ways to resume work instead of the current strike, betting that the authorities would respond to the many proposals they made in different regions.

In a letter to the Wali of the Marrakech-Safi region, the city’s Car Wash Owners Association demanded that a reasonable amount of water be set and imposed on all businesses, considering that the strike would have very serious consequences for the professionals. .

The association has committed to carrying out awareness campaigns in Marrakech and beyond, in order to urge the owners of these shops to completely reduce their dependence on water, as much as possible.

The correspondent considered that “these stores consume only 5 to 7 liters of water per car, due to their dependence on the raw material that consists of a special soap imported from abroad, which facilitates washing and reduces consumption by 70 percent.” Water”.

Public administrations have begun to close several car washes in different cities, following the “water emergency” trend, but this has provoked much social and environmental criticism, for not having allocated financial compensation to users. closure, and the “omission” of agricultural farms that consume large amounts of water.

The Ministry of the Interior, a few weeks ago, led a patrol to governors and workers to prevent the use of surface or underground drinking water in the process of watering green spaces and golf courses, in addition to prohibiting the washing of streets and public places. . with drinking water, and avoiding the use of this water for washing machinery.

Bouazza Al-Kharti, president of the Moroccan University for Consumer Protection, considered that “closing car washes is not a solution, but a mosaic that damages the weakest link in the system,” adding: “The depth of this This decision harms the consumer and the conservation of water.”

Al-Kharti called for the need to go beyond this approach and provide loans to professionals, for example, to change and develop equipment, noting that “if citizens do not find car wash shops, they will take out their hoses to achieve the matter, and this is a huge waste,” as he put it.

The human rights activist indicated, in statements to Hespress, that “the economy of water requires a clear national policy and a follow-up of the institutions that consume water in abundance, and the water council was proposed instead of patching up,” adding : “We must get to the heart of the matter and control who is really consuming Morocco’s water wealth.”