Khenifra province is suffering from a major water shortage… and the ministry is on the line

Khenifra province is suffering from a major water shortage... and the ministry is on the line
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Monday, August 01, 2022 – 06:00

Many towns in the province of Khenifra suffer from a notorious shortage of drinking water, which has angered the population, given the high temperatures and the growing demand for this vital substance.

For parliamentarians, the issue is a stark paradox in “a mountainous region that is both a producer and a source of water,” says Zainab Amrouk, Kinetic MP, calling on Equipment and Water Minister Nizar Baraka to reveal the measures the ministry will take in order to manage water scarcity in the soil communities of Khenifra province, He also called for clarification of the methods and methodology for monitoring and tracking of water resources in the region.

For its part, the ministry in charge of the sector confirmed that the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water is in charge of operating the drinking water installation in the Khenifra region at the level of 16 cities, centers and 38 roundabouts, adding that this The area is supplied by the Wadi Oum Rabie water treatment plant, which is equipped with a desalination unit The water, on a regular basis, with the exception of the Aclamos, Had Bouhassoussen, Moulay Bouazza and Sebt Ait Rahhou centers, which suffer some disturbances during peak periods and summer, when needs increase and demand for water increases.

The reason for these disturbances, according to the ministry, is due to the saturation of the productive capacity of the traction channel, which supplies these centers, highlighting that in order to overcome this deficit and ensure and improve supply conditions for the inhabitants of the region drinking water, the office is implementing an investment program at a total cost of 31.87 million dirhams, which includes several projects; The first is a project to restore the first part of the Khenifra-Aklmous traction canal, with a length of 5 km, at a cost of 6.96 million dirhams, which has been in use since June 2021, and then a project to restore the second part of the Khenifra-Aklmous traction canal, costing 20.7 km, with a financial coverage of 12.11 million dirhams; Your work is in progress. It is expected to start exploitation before the end of this year 2022.

Two reservoirs with a capacity of 1,500 m3 in Aclamous and 500 m3 in Moulay Bouazza are being completed, at a total cost of 9.6 million dirhams, and will begin to be exploited during the summer of 2022; In addition to the strengthening and re-equipment of four pumping stations at a financial cost of AED 3.2 million, related works are currently in the process of completion; Although exploitation is expected to begin before the end of this year 2022, adds the same source.

As for the city of Mriret and the center of Tighzi, they are supplied by the treatment plant of the Tinfinet dam, which is located in the Umm al-Rabie valley. The office is carrying out a detailed study to increase the productive capacity of this station, as well as to equip it with a desalination unit. The completion of this study is expected by the end of 2022, while the initial cost of this program is estimated at 85 million dirhams, while the completion of the works is subject to the provision of the necessary financial funds, according to the ministry. . in an answer available from Hespress.

The same source stated that the Umm al-Rabea Water Basin Agency is carrying out a set of exploration wells. In this context, a total of 27 exploration wells were completed during the 2019-2021 period in various groups in the region, with a total flow rate of 18 l/s. It will also work on the programming of 30 additional exploration wells in the period between 2022 and 2024 to fill possible deficiencies.

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