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Dams: The filling rates are worrying

The reservoirs of the main national dams reached, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, nearly 7.27 billion m3, thus recording a filling rate of 46.6%. This level is lower than last year on the same date when the filling rate stood at 9.6 billion m3, representing a filling rate of 61.2%.

Despite the precipitation of the last days in the North, in the Oriental and in the Middle Atlas, and the weak evolution of the dam reservoirs in these same regions, the situation of the dam filling rate remains alarming and the water needs remain higher than the water resources available. The harvest is compromised and water stress is perceptible, including for drinking water.

The reserves of dams, for agricultural or other use, show a downward trend, as the figures below show for the main national dams:

In the Chaouia region, the Al Massira dam recorded a filling rate of 16.1% compared to 26.6% a year earlier. And in the Western Rif, the Al Wahda dam reached a fill rate of 57.4% today, compared to 66.7% on the same date last year.

The reservoir of the Hassan II dam in the Oriental amounted to 30.4% of its capacity against 71.5% last year, and the Oued El Makhazine dam in the province of Larache has a filling rate of 97.3% compared to 96.3% last year.

The filling rate of the Bin El Ouidane dam in the High Atlas stood at 36.8%, compared to 70.1% on the same day of 2019. And in Saïss, the Idriss 1er dam filled 79.2% of its capacity against 89.5% in 2019, while that of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah has a filling rate of 68.4% against 91.0% on the same date last year.

Finally, the same observation can be made in the Draâ Tafilelt region, where the reservoir at the El Mansour Eddahbi dam did not exceed 35.2% of its capacity, compared to 51.0% a year earlier.

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