April 1, 2023

Snow and rain that has fallen in several areas of the Draa-Tafilalet provinces in recent weeks has revived a number of water sources that have dried up due to the effects of climate change, leading to a shortage of annual rainfall in these areas in past years, which negatively affected reserves groundwater.

Water has returned to a number of canyons and valleys in the Draa-Tafilalet provinces, bringing smiles to the faces of farmers in the region, who confirmed that this year’s growing season will be good and positive, explaining that water has returned to canals, springs and wells that have been drained. for many years.

A number of valleys and reefs have recorded a significant amount of water as a result of the rains and snowfalls recorded in Zagora, Ouarzazate, Tangier, Errachidia and Midelta, which will positively affect the growing season and end the drinking water crisis. for many of those who are interested in the environment and drinking water in the Draa-Tafilalet region.

The same rains and snowfalls helped increase the capacity of some dams in the region, as the capacity of the Hassan Dahil Dam in Errachidiya reached 77.1 million cubic meters. m, Sultan Moulay Ali Sherif dam in Ouarzazate 113.3 million cubic meters. Eddahbi Dam 141.8 MCM, Tamalut Dam in Midelt Province 8.3 MCM and Hassan II Dam in Midelt 41.1 MCM.

In this context, an official source at the Deraa-Tafilalet Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture said that the rainfall recorded in recent weeks in the region “greatly contributed to the revitalization of the groundwater channel and the restoration of the life of hundreds of streams and valleys, which over the past five years we have experienced an unprecedented drought,” as he put it.

The same speaker added in a statement to Hespress that the current growing season will be “outstanding and bountiful”, urging farmers and the general public to rationalize and rationalize water use during irrigation, and appealing to local authorities through agents and officials of agricultural departments to “monitor the sowing crops to avoid sowing any products.

Lahsin Ouhsein, an activist from Timargen in Zagora province, said life has returned to a number of streams and springs, pointing out that a significant proportion of farmers were plowing their land immediately after the recent rains and in turn sought to conserve water to avoid any new crisis in this matter.

The same spokesman confirmed in a statement to Hespress that “many sources of water have appeared in some valleys and mountains, and their water often flows into some dams, especially the Mansour Dhahabi dam in Ouarzazate, which became full after it decreased to less than 10 percent in recent weeks, that is, before these precipitation.

For his part, geologist Hassan Rabah said in a brief statement to Hespress: “Citizens should learn the lesson of the previous test of drinking water shortages and work to streamline and rationalize its operation,” adding: “There are signs that the coming years will be teeming with production, and citizens will not suffer from water problems, but it cannot be hidden that there are fears of a repeat of the previous scenario if citizens return to disorderly depletion of the water channel.”

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