Concerns in parliament over future drinking water supply for cities after exceptional drought
Hanan Atrekin, MP from the Authenticity and Modernity Group in the House of Representatives, called on the Minister of Equipment and Water Resources, Nizar Baraka, to identify the regularity of the supply of drinking water in several cities.
In the cities, according to Al-Bam parliament, the news was reported, citing what was published on the Al-Youm 24 website, about the alarming water situation in the dams that supply the cities of Marrakech, Mohammedia, Casablanca and Rabat, which the Minister clarified in his speech around November next year, the maximum possible duration of water supply.
These frightening figures, according to the biblical question, caused “great alarm” in the absence of visible alternatives that could remedy this exceptional situation.
The deputy demanded that the minister unlock the potential of available water resources in connection with the growing demand for this vital substance and proposed alternatives to reduce the shortage recorded in water reserves.
The Massira Dam, located on the Um Rabia River, is available, according to the minister’s proposal, “only 96.7 million cubic meters. up to 235 million cubic meters, which live in the southern part of Casablanca, El Jadida, Safi and Sidi Bennour, Youssoufia, Berrechid, Settate, Marrakesh, Bengerire and neighboring centers.”
Greater Marrakesh, which has a water requirement of 80 million cubic meters, is also threatened by thirst, as the dams supplied with water are currently only available for 30 million cubic meters and are expected to dry up in just 50 days. The authorities plan to use groundwater.
While the Sidi Mohamed bin Abdullah Dam, located on the Bouregreg River, which provides water to the inhabitants of northern Casablanca, Rabat, Sale, Temara, Skhirat, Bouzniki, Mohammedia and Benslimana, could run out of water within a few months.
The dam currently only has 265 million cubic meters of water, which is a supply of water that will run out in June 2023 if there is no rainfall.
The water requirement of the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah Dam is estimated at 250 million cubic meters for the population.