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Morocco: List of beaches to avoid this summer

A national report on the quality of bathing water and sand on Moroccan beaches reveals that some beaches are not suitable for swimming due to poor water quality. Indeed, although 90.26% of monitored seaside resorts respect Moroccan microbiological standards (MM.03.7.199), 9.26% (39 resorts) do not respect them this season.

Main causes of non-compliance

The main reasons for this non-compliance are varied. According to the report, sewage effluent, high density of bathers, insufficient sanitation facilities, as well as climate change and polluted water from rivers are the determining factors.

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Classification of beaches by quality

Moroccan beaches are classified into four categories:

Excellent quality: 40.14% Good quality: 31.59% Acceptable quality: 19% Poor quality: 9.26%

The quality of bathing water has improved, going from 87% between 2014 and 2017 to 90.74% between 2020 and 2023 according to standard MM03.7.199.

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Most affected regions

Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima and Casablanca-Settat region

The majority of non-compliant beaches are found in the regions of Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima and Casablanca-Settat. Here is a list of beaches to avoid:

Calabonita Kimado Sabadia Torres Amiralat (Playa Blanca) Tangier City Jbila 3 Sidi Kacem Asilah Port Beach Petite Miami

Casablanca-Settat

In the Casablanca-Settat region, seven beaches do not meet swimming standards:

David Mannesman Zenata Nahla Beach Ain Sebaâ Chahdia Oued Merzeg

Other regions affected

Other non-compliant beaches are also found in different regions:

Rabat-Salé-Kénitra: Salé and Ain Ateiq beaches Souss-Massa: Aftas beach Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira: Laayoune beach

Recommendations for better water quality

The report offers several recommendations to improve the quality of bathing water. Among them, strengthening wastewater treatment systems along the coasts and continuous monitoring of sanitation facilities are priorities. It is also recommended to prohibit the discharge of domestic or industrial wastewater into watercourses and bathing areas. In addition, the acceleration of depollution systems in coastal areas and river mouths is strongly recommended.

By following these recommendations, Morocco can hope for a continuous improvement in the quality of bathing water, thus guaranteeing safe and pleasant beaches for bathers. However, it remains essential for visitors to inquire about beach water quality before planning an outing, in order to fully and safely enjoy the magnificent Moroccan coasts.

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