Creation and legal status

The “Société Nationale d’Exploitation et de Distribution des Eaux” /SONEDE (National Water Distribution Utility) was created by the law No. 68-22 of July, 2nd 1968. It is under the supervision of the “Ministère de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Hydrauliques et de la pêche” (Ministry of agriculture, hydraulic resources and fisheries). It is a public entreprise of a non administrative nature.


SONEDE’s object is to supply all the country with drinking water. It is entrusted with the exploitation, maintenance and renewal of facilities for water capture, transportation, treatment and distribution.

Its mission covers the following main activities:

  1. Water production: production, treatment and transport.
  2. Water distribution: management and maintenance of drinking water network and equipment and management of customers.
  3. Development: studies, works and supply.