Although Morocco has good water and sanitation infrastructure, service delivery in peri-urban areas remains a challenge. More than 1 million people currently lack access to safe water supply and sanitation services in the outskirts of the main cities. This has serious health and economic implications for families. A major obstacle for poor households is the high fee to connect to the piped network. In 2005, the government of Morocco set the extension of adequate services to peri-urban settlements as a national priority, and encouraged operators and local governments (municipalities and communes) to develop pro-poor water and sanitation programs.