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New dams will emerge in Morocco

Three dams with a total capacity of 367 million m3 will be built as part of the national program for the supply of drinking water and irrigation for the period 2020-2027, said on Tuesday in Marrakech, the director of the Agency of the Tensift hydraulic basin, Abdelmajid Naïmi.

In a presentation on “the development of the water supply by means of dams”, presented during a communication meeting around this national program, which kicked off recently by King Mohammed VI, Naïmi reports that the water supply will be reinforced with the construction of three dams, two of which with a total capacity of 227 million m3 are under construction, and the programming of a third with a capacity of 140 million m3 .

According to the official, these water infrastructures will concern the provinces of Chichaoua (Boulâaouane dam), Al Haouz (Ait Ziyad dam) and El Kelâa des Sraghna (Sidi Driss Elkabir).

After underlining the imperative to promote good governance in the management of water resources, he noted that the construction of a seawater desalination station in Safi will also be scheduled with an estimated production capacity of 26,000 m3 per day.

And to note that the filling rate of dams in the Marrakech-Safi Region reached 36% on January 27, deploring the fact that this part of the national territory has suffered, in recent years, from low rainfall, which has negatively impacted water supplies both in terms of dams and groundwater.

This communication meeting around the drinking water supply and irrigation program served as an opportunity to examine the means likely to enable optimal activation of the contents of this program so as to encourage the mobilization of water resources, and ensuring water security with a view to ensuring a balance between supply and growing demand for this vital commodity on a regional scale.

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