Is drinking water threatened by drought?

That’s a fact ! Global warming is accelerating and our changes in operating modes are slow to activate. But the urgency is there. The drought lasts and continues. And the hydrological situation in Morocco is more than tense. So much so that restrictions on the use of water have been ordered here and there, across the Kingdom. It sucks because at this rate, can they spread to drinking water without anyone having to complain.

This year, the hydrological context was very particular and we had not known such a situation since the 1980s and 1990s. Today, the filling rate of the largest dams in Morocco (updated daily) if we rely on the supervision of the Ministry of Equipment and Water, barely exceeds 29% only, i.e. a very substantial drop, compared to the 2021 financial year (on the same day) when it amounted to 45.% or two years ago 44.4% or even 53.8% in 2019 when the winter recharge had been more substantial.

Moreover, with the large deficit of rain this winter and the raging drought, we are currently experiencing a longer heat wave which will only worsen the situation, knowing in this that we are only at the first months of summer and will know what else can we reserve the month of August.

Also with such a filling rate in our dams and water reservoirs, it is clear that the question of the quantity of water available arises or will soon arise, in a context of risk of difficulty in supplying drinking water. and which is already threatening many of our regions. However, officially, we remain serene to say the least, despite a tense situation with regard to water levels in dams and reservoirs as well as groundwater, which are extremely low. But we reassure however, we are still far from the end of low water situations giving rise to concern. We do want to believe it.

Indeed, on reading the filling rate of the sixty dams with which the Kingdom abounds, not all of them know the shortage, like the dams in the north of the country such as Tanger-Med located on the R’mel wadi which displays an excellent health of 96.4% filling rate or that of Chefchaoun (94.1%) or that of Acharif Al Idrissi (Tétouan) filled at 88.3% or even Bouhouda (Taounate 92.3%) or Garde of Sebou (92.4%) which should soon supply the Bouregreg basins with its excess water which is lost at sea. nails a fervent defender of the environment and agricultural engineer, Mohamed Benata, in this case, Yaâcoub El Mansour 46.3%, S. M’hamed en Slimane Jazouli (55%) etc.

But they are also a dozen that do not exceed two figures and some are even at the critical threshold of the only point, hence the urgency to act and find lasting solutions to preserve the quantities of drinking water. But for that, many things. In Morocco, the citizen’s mentality vis-à-vis water must absolutely change to avoid the waste of this material essential to life and which is becoming increasingly rare.

Moreover, in this respect and in the face of the situation of water stress experienced by the Kingdom and following government decisions, the Ministry of Equipment and Water is launching an awareness campaign for all citizens to fight against the waste of water so that it can reach our taps. It is that in the background we are three or even four years in a row of low to very low rainfall. This also impacts the rural and the agricultural world, often much more.

And in this regard, it is time to intervene on organic matter with a more natural remodeling of waterways and new agricultural models, filtering and less consuming or even devouring water, such as watermelon or avocado for example . Better community water management is self-evident, as the saying goes.


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