Thanks to recent rainfall, the fill-rate of the dams has increased from 46.2% on 18 March to 49.7% to date, thus bringing the stored water reserve to 7.75 billion cubic meters, says the Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Logistics and Water.
From March 18 to April 28, Morocco experienced relatively heavy rainfall periods, which positively impacted the hydrological situation on a large share of the national territory, underlined the ministry in a statement on Tuesday.
Moreover, such rainfall has led to sizeable quantities of water estimated at about one billion and 50 million cubic meters in the Kingdom’s large dams.
Regarding the amounts recorded in the main structuring dams during this period, the Mohammed V Dam recorded 187 Mm3, thus boosting its filling rate to 79.3% (reserve of 189.9 Mm3) and the Al Wahda Dam 172 Mm3 (filling rate at 62.91%, reserve of 2216 Mm3).
In the case of the Al Massira Dam, the contributions were around 102 Mm3 (filling rate of 17.1%, i.e. a reserve of 453 Mm3), the Oued Al-Makhazine Dam 98 Mm3 (filling rate of 98.44%, a reserve of 662.35 Mm3 , and the Bin El-Ouidane Dam 71 Mm3 (filling rate of 38.08%, a reserve of 462.84 Mm3).
Other dams include the Allal Al Fassi dam with inflows of 51 Mm3 (filling rate of 90.21 %, a reserve of 57.50 Mm3 ) and the Al Hansali dam 48 Mm3 (filling rate of 28.1 %, a reserve of 187.72 Mm3).
It is expected that the increase in the water storage capacity of the dams will enhance the reliability of the drinking water supply in the regions concerned, more so as the summer season approaches and at a time when the demand for water is increasing owing to hygiene measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the press release concludes.