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Morocco now has 133 dams

The Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara chaired this week a meeting to inquire about the national heritage of small dams, which currently reaches 133 units, including 20 built since 2017 until now.

During this meeting, the Minister spoke of the dams which are under construction, the number of which stands at 8 and which are located in the territorial communities of Ketama, Haouza, Bouanane, Aday, Ait Boufoulen, Sidi M’Bark, Boumia, and Lakhssas at the level of the following Provinces of Al hoceima, Es-Smara, Figuig, Guelmim, Midelt and Sidi Ifni. The overall cost is around 24 billion centimes with an overall volume of the various reservoirs reaching 18 million m3.

The government official underlined the need to accelerate the pace of implementation, as well as the holding, during the next week, of the thematic commission of small dams, within the framework of the 2020/2027 Program, while immediately proceeding to the rehabilitation and restoration of small dams facing certain constraints.

Moreover, the 2020/27 national drinking water supply and irrigation program provides for the construction of several small and medium dams in different regions of Morocco for an annual budget of MAD 600 million. This project is carried out by the Ministry of Amara in partnership with the Ministries of Interior and Agriculture.

For the year 2021, the sites planned within the framework of this project are the completion of eight small and medium dams, in particular in Smara, Sidi Ifni, Tiznit and Figuig for a budget of 216.5 million dirhams, the continuation of construction works 6 small and medium dams in Nador, Moulay Yaacoub, Taourirt, Tiznit, Sidi Slimane and Ourzazate for a budget of MAD 111 million.

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