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Morocco: Three “big” dams will be built in the North

Three “big” dams will be built in northern Morocco to meet water needs increasingly important, said the Royal Palace while the issue of water management has been erected in priority in Rabat.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired Thursday evening by King Mohammed VI, in the presence of the head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani, ministers and royal advisers, announced the royal cabinet.

King Mohammed VI notably “focused on the issue of water supply in areas covering the north and north-east of the kingdom”, which extend from Oujda to Tangier.

These regions have more than doubled their water requirements in summer and currently throughout the year, due to the development of tourism and the remarkable dynamics generated by the large industrial projects already installed or projects and jobs created by these areas, added the same source.

These socio-economic projects, like the Renault automobile production ecosystem or the Tanger Tech Cité Mohammed VI project in partnership with Chinese operators, require a strengthening of the water supply capacity, according to the royal press release.

“These needs will be met through interconnection schemes and the three new large dams that will be built in this area, including that of Bni Mansour, which will have a capacity of more than one billion cubic meters,” they said.

The ruler has also ordered the government to finalize “the national priority program on water and its management”, which will have to respond to supply problems in the most affected areas.

Morocco is under water stress because of a chronic rainfall deficit combined with the over-exploitation of groundwater by agriculture, according to experts.

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