The budget allocated to water management increased by 5 billion dirhams

Due to the situation of water stress that Morocco is experiencing, and the challenges that citizens are called upon to face, the budget allocated to water management in the Finance bill 2023, goes from simple to double. Indeed, the envelope has been revalued to the tune of 5 billion dirhams (MMDH) to reach 10.6 billion dirhams.

In detail, the government has allocated 4 billion dirhams to continue the construction of large and medium dams and the liquidation of related properties in addition to 1.5 billion dirhams of state contribution for the financing of desalination projects, and 1.4 billion dirhams in the form of drinking water supply projects for village centers and douars.

The government considered that, since its appointment, it has leaned with the necessary firmness and responsibility in carrying out the various structuring projects included in the national priority water program 2020-2027, first and foremost the acceleration of the implementation of seawater desalination plant projects, the completion of the construction of scheduled dams and hydraulic interconnection networks.

In the same context, the government has mobilized additional groundwater resources, with the acquisition of tankers which have made it possible to meet the drinking water needs of more than 2.7 million people in the rural population.

Mobile units have also been acquired to desalinate seawater and demineralize brackish water from aquifers, in order to meet the drinking water needs of areas with a shortage by limiting illegal water exploitation, and the implementation of the small hill dams program, as well as the programs agreed in the conventions concerning the Moulouya, Loukkos, Tensift and Oum Errabiâ basins and the Draâ-Tafilalet region.

The recent rains observed in Morocco have revived the injection of some dams at the national level, recording a slight increase in the percentage of their filling, from 24.5% at the end of last month to 25.5% this month. of October. On the other hand, the percentage remains low compared to last year when it was estimated at 36.6%.

The water reserves of the various dams in the country until the middle of last week were estimated at 4 billion 116.9 million cubic meters. On the other hand, the reserve at the end of September was estimated at 3 billion and 944.7 million cubic meters, with a total capacity of 16 billion and 122.6 million cubic meters.

Crisis meeting

This Friday, the Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka, chaired a meeting of the national commission in charge of monitoring the water supply, with a view to examining the water situation in all the regions of the Kingdom and the provisions and measures taken to deal with water stress.

During this meeting, particular priority was given to a project to transfer excess water from the Sebou hydraulic basin to the Bouregreg hydraulic basin to guarantee the supply of drinking water to the Rabat-Casablanca axis, in order to be able to launch the work over the next few days.

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