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Need to generalise water saving programmes and to rationalise its exploitation (Chahed)

Published the:  27/06/2018

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(TAP) – Prime Minister Youssef Chahed emphasised the importance of generalising water saving programmes and streamlining operations to meet the country's long-term needs as water becomes an increasingly rare source.

At the opening of the Economic Forum on "Economic Policies and the Challenges of Scarcity of Resources," he said efforts focused on controlling demand, consumption and water saving in developing countries in different social and economic sectors, through the implementation of the national programme aimed at strengthening the profitability of water networks and improving the indicators of exploitation and services and the water saving among major consumers.

Tunisia is under pressure on water resources, knowing that the average available water amounts to 467 m3 per capita and per year while the poverty line is at the global scale of 1,000 m3 of water per year and per individual.

Chahed said at the event, organised by the Arab Institute of Business Leaders (IACE), that the lack of water resources is one of the most important challenges facing agricultural development and food security in Tunisia. He added, in the same context, that the availability of water is an essential criterion for achieving sustainable development, in the face of the multiplication of climatic phenomena, including drought and floods.

"Although Tunisia has managed to achieve significant rates in terms of connecting the population to the drinking water system (100% in urban areas and 97.7% in rural areas), we still suffer from a disparity between regions, "he noted, adding that this rate does not exceed 92.4 % in the northwestern governorates, due to the local scarcity of deep water.

The Prime Minister recalled the projects that have been launched by the government to deal with these disparities, including the strategic water sector by 2030, which is based on the valuation of unconventional resources, including treated wastewater and desalinated water, as well as the protection of water from pollution