Have the last rains filled the deficit of the dams?

The last rains recorded over the past two weeks in Morocco have not been sufficient to fill the low level of the dams. Between 2021 and 2022 at the same period, the level of the dams shows a notable difference.

While last year Morocco was already suffering from drought caused by the lack of rainfall, especially in winter, this year the situation is even more problematic.

The recent rains recorded over the past 15 days had given farmers hope to save their autumn crops, but despite heavy rainfall, the level of the dams is lower than that recorded at the same period the previous year.

According to the Ministry of Equipment and Water, the total filling rate of the dams observed until December 19, 2022 reached 30.7%, or more than 4.95 billion cubic meters (m3).

Compared to the same date the previous year, the rate was 3.6% higher, reaching 34.3% on December 19, 2021.

Nevertheless, the reservoirs in the dams evolved rapidly between December 1 and the 19, registering an increase of 6.9% in the space of just over two weeks.

At the level of the various dams, Alwahda has the largest reservoir with a volume of more than 1.85 billion m3 and a filling rate of 52.7%. However, these results remain less significant than the previous year when the occupancy rate reached 58.9% in 2021.

Second dam to show the most important results, that of Oued El Makhazine recorded on December 19 a reservoir of 502 million m3, reaching 74.6% filling rate.

The Oued El Makhazine dam for its part shows a positive difference compared to 2021, which had recorded 66.9% filling on the same date last year, i.e. 450 million m3, a difference of 52 million m3

Finally, the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah dam comes in third place with a reservoir of 292.5 million m3, equivalent to a filling rate of 30%. Compared to 2021, the dam reached a reservoir of 445.4 million m3, i.e. a filling rate of 45.7%.

Several other dams, admittedly less important, have recorded very good results between 2021 and 2021, even reaching 100% of their filling capacity, and these are the Nakhla (57), Chefchaouen (89.8), Acharif Al Idrissi (85.4), dam on Oued Za (15.4), Bouhouda (82.6), Sidi Said Maachou (95.3).

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