Environmental disaster in Mohammedia, the N'fifikh wadi is dying

The N’fifikh wadi which flows onto the Sablettes beach in Mohammedia (very busy in this summer) is seriously polluted and thousands of dead fish strewn and floating on its surface, infest in turn, the waters of this wadi which with El Maleh enclose the city.

Unfortunately for the residents, the fauna and flora and the entire environment of this waterway, this phenomenon is recurrent and occurs practically every year and on several occasions.

Oued N’fifikh, tells us a study (monthly monitoring of physico-chemical parameters indicators of pollution, from August 2018 to July 2019) in its downstream part is concerned by one of the most crucial environmental issues, it receives wastewater discharges, evacuated in a precarious manner without prior treatment, which leads to the deterioration of the overall ecological state of this river hydro-system.

The results obtained show that the watercourse is exposed to heavy pollution which is mainly organic. Consequently, wastewater represents a major cause of degradation of the water quality of this receiving environment.

It is also the alarming problem of waste water dumped on part of the wadi which causes the death of marine fauna and even those who drink there (game and cattle, etc.), tells us the associative actor Sahim Mohammad Shaimi. This event which manifests itself more and more frequently, we will say, worries the inhabitants and the summer visitors at the level of Sablettes, Pont Blondin and surroundings.

This is blackish-colored wastewater which is discharged into part of the N’fifikh wadi and which flows towards the mouth at the level of the beach without managing to throw itself into the sea, thus stifling this course of water. water whose length hardly exceeds 40 kilometers. The inhabitants, alarmed by this situation, have repeatedly alerted the services concerned to determine the origin of the problem in vain.

Associative actors and residents by alerting the authorities intend to put an end to these discharges which affect both the Sablettes beach and therefore Mohammedia but also Ben Slimane and the surrounding localities, the forest and the N’fifikh wadi, but for the time being it is a dead letter. The objective is to thwart a possible environmental catastrophe whose threat weighs on the whole region.

The Oued N’fifikh disaster draws its reason for being 90% from the hand of man and 10% comes from Mother Nature (drought, lack of precipitation and climate change)“, laments Sahim Mohamed Shaimi. ” Throughout its flow (two Ben Slimane and Mohammedia provinces and several localities, Fedalat, Beni Amer, Oulad Taleb, Beni Yakhlaf, etc.), it is affected by human activity and especially by the discharge of wastewater.“, he says.

In question, explains our interlocutor, “ the increase in industrial activities and the growing urbanization from year to year that the authorities can no longer manage to curb. This has led in recent years to the construction of numerous industrial works or dwellings, thus causing pollution and a degradation of the natural environment up to the mouth where precisely, “no longer manages to throw itself” this wadi for the last five years“.

Moreover, in addition to the industrial activity, Shaimi will tell us again, ” large properties, neither agricultural nor secondary houses, flourish throughout the N’fifikh wadi. They pump water to fill their swimming pools as well as for watering and other consumption which they then reject in this same wadi, dumping there waste water, even toxic or not, all this is very harmful to the environment.“.

Our interlocutor will regret that the wadi can no longer receive water either on the one hand (ocean) or on the other, hence the lack of oxygen suffered by the marine and surrounding fauna at this course. ” Discharges of industrial, public or private wastewater (large properties with swimming pools discharge their water there) resulting in another toxicity towards the wadi”, indicates the associative actor.

Moreover, this little civic activity poses public health and environmental problems, requiring urgent solutions in order to put an end to this pollution and thus safeguard the ecosystem, the forest heritage and the beach where N’fifikh should logically throw himself.

Today, failing this and unfortunately, it is a spectacle of desolation which we helplessly witness, there are tons of dead fish stranded on the banks of the N’fifikh wadi, ” and this is only the first stage of an announced catastrophe which threatens humans, wild and domestic animals, flora and therefore the entire food chain”concludes Sahim Mohamed Shaimi.

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