North Africa 2030 potable water forecast

11 Mar 2020

Water is a highly valued commodity in the Sahara with it representing some of the driest parts in Africa.

Based on a forecasted population increase of 16% by 2030 to reach 286 million, we predict North Africa will need an additional 3 billion cubic metres of fresh potable water just to maintain the current standard of access. To distribute this additional capacity, North Africa will need to develop its freshwater network by 120 thousand kilometres over the next 10 years.

The increased demand in potable water also means it’s necessary to develop the region’s wastewater processing. ABiQ estimates North African countries will need to add a similar order of magnitude in water processing capacity to reach 20 billion cubic metres a year, along with a wastewater network that can accumulate the waste and transport through pumping stations or gravity feed networks to processing facilities.

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