The inhabitants of the mountain villages of the Foum al-Juma community in the Azilal region are forced to travel distances every day to obtain drinking water from the wells in the center of Fom al-Juma and its nearby sources “in difficult circumstances,” it was reported. reported activist Khaled al-Asri, who expressed hope that efforts will continue to overcome the dire shortage. In this vital article.
In the village of Ait Hmida, which is one of the mountain villages belonging to the Al-Tarabiya community, Foum El-Jumaa in Azilal, the issue of drinking water had not been raised before, but the specter of the drought that hit the region in In recent years it has greatly affected the water supply from the wells, which threatens to emigrate dozens to the low-lying cities.
Khaled El-Asri says: “The wells in the village are starting to dry up due to the severity of the drought, and the rations currently provided by the Ait Hmida Development Association, which was recently established to manage the sector, are not enough. , especially since sometimes they do not exceed 120 minutes in 48 hours”, adding that “the scarcity of water will cause people to migrate from the roundabout”.
The same spokesman added that “what the association in charge of managing the sector provides in terms of water supply in the Ait Hmida roundabout, located in the urban orbit, is used for washing and some other domestic uses, while the neighbors they are forced to travel distances. every day to search for drinking water in the surrounding areas.
Al-Jamawi himself, who is in charge of distributing water rations from the Ait Hmida well to various districts (Ait Haddou, Ait Alwan, above Al-Ain, Tdareen, Al-Karassieh roundabout, Ait roundabout Hmida), confirmed that the association is no longer able to satisfy the neighbours’ needs for drinking water, despite the efforts made, you are doing very well in this regard.
In turn, he pointed out to Farrekh Abdel-Sadiq, electrician at the Ait Hmida roundabout, that the neighbors complain about various compulsions, but today they are no longer interested in anything other than water, pointing out that he is one of the neighbors of the village. who have to go daily to the Foum al-Juma center to meet their needs for this vital substance.
The same spokesman pointed out that the area where he lives is within the urban orbit of the Fom Al-Juma Center, but he complains about the poor infrastructure, especially the road, which he considered among the projects that should be given importance to facilitate the access of ambulances for the transport of patients and pregnant women.
For his part, Chtouki Farid, head of the Ait Hmida Development Association, said: “We have made a great effort in this regard since we took responsibility about 6 months ago, as we were able to dig a well and reach a good level of water, but the land collapsing from the sides of the well undermined our ambitions.”
The same activist from the association called on the corresponding authorities to intervene to find a solution for the neighbors, either by supporting the association or by providing solar energy, noting that the association now complains about the accumulation of debts due to high electricity bills. electricity, and that the aforementioned well needs equipment and equipment that exceeds the budget.
In his comment, Muhammad Shawqi, head of the Fum al-Juma’a filth group, stressed that “water scarcity has become a problem at the national level and in the countries of the world, and to face this dilemma at the national level , the Ministry of the Interior has given instructions to the local authorities in this regard, and the procedures are being carried out smoothly and with precision”.
At the level of the Foam al-Juma’a center, the head of the group stressed that there is not a serious shortage of drinking water, but a “shortage”, stressing that “the collective council addresses this dilemma in coordination with its partner, the Office National Potable Water, with institutional solutions, not patches”.
Shawky added that there is an agreement with the ONEP to provide drinking water to all the districts of the community, he stressed that he trusts the specialists to overcome the water shortage in the aforementioned districts, and explained that all the districts that are administered by the mentioned National Office I was not aware of these interruptions.
The same official also explained that “the National Office of Electricity and Potable Water is in the process of completing a study in this regard, and there is financing from the council of the Beni Mellal-Khenifra region to supply water to the Fom El Jumaa Center. of the Moulay Hassan I dam, at a cost of more than one billion cents”.