Project title

Prevention and control of water pollution from tanneries in Fez, Morocco

Project description

For the Water Resources Sustainability activity, STELLA staff designed and built Morocco's first chromium recovery facility in Fez. This facility receives the tanning baths from 16 tanneries in the Dokkarat industrial zone, recovers the chromium from the baths through precipitation and acidification, and sells it back to the tanneries for reuse. The sale of chromium covers the facility's operation and maintenance (O&M) costs. The tanneries also pay a pollution fee contributing to reimbursing the $1 million investment. STELLA staff has established a partnership among local and central stakeholders, including RADEEF (local sanitation company), and has helped the partnership negotiate a cost-sharing agreement. The facility has reduced the quantity of chromium discharged by the tanneries into the sewer and the river by 90 percent.