Water distribution tanks in the Draa-Tafilalet region

The drought area has gradually begun to expand in southeastern Morocco, as a number of areas suffer from water shortages and the depletion of wells that were, until recently, the source of drinking water supply to the population.

According to data provided by official sources in the provinces of the Draa-Tafilalet region, the drinking water crisis intensified this year, expanding to areas that had not previously complained of drought or water scarcity in recent years, explaining that the Ministry of the Interior, through which the workers of the provinces and of the National Recovery, has programmed economic credits to distribute this vital substance for the benefit of those affected by the water shortage, pointing out that the allocations of this year have been exceeded by a large percentage.

Abd al-Mawla Yahya, a resident of the Hassa community in Tinghir province, said that “the Al-Ma’ider basin, which includes the Al-Nif, Hassa, Tzarine, Tghblat, Ait Boudaoud, Al- Naqoub, Ait Lal, was known this year as the most serious drinking water crisis”, noting that “if it were not for the mobile tanks that provide the population with this vital material, there would have been a humanitarian catastrophe”, he said.

The same announcer, in statements to Hespress, highlighted the efforts of the workers of the regions and of the national recovery delegates, and through them the Ministry of the Interior, which programmed projects to provide those affected by the drought with this vital substance with mobile tank trucks. , highlighting that the crisis registered this year “has never been registered in the region according to the elders for 100 years,” according to him.

Hamid Ait Basso, a resident of the canton of Errachidia, said that “the water situation in the coming years will be dangerous and worrying, especially in the event of a significant lack of rainfall,” explaining that “the situation in the region is terrifying.” and that “some people began to migrate to the inner cities to guarantee the availability of at least potable water,” he said.

The same spokesman added, in statements to Hespress, that “the survival of the citizens of the southeast during the next few years depends on the construction of many dams in each region to ensure the availability of drinking and irrigation water, given that agriculture is the source of livelihood for thousands”, pointing to the current initiative to provide drinking water to citizens with portable tanks, as a patchwork solution and a purely humanitarian initiative, “he described.

A person in charge of one of the national recovery delegates in the Draa-Tafilalet region confirmed that “the economic allocation for the program to provide water to citizens, managed by National Recovery, in direct coordination with the regional authority, is insufficient, and it has been exceeded by more than 40 or 50 percent, which can be a burden for these delegates and workers in the coming months”.

The same official stressed, in telephone statements to Hespress, that “if it were not for these tanks in which drinking water is provided to citizens, most citizens would have had difficulty traveling long distances to ensure a drink of water, and let them quench their thirst and that of their beasts”, as he said.

The same official stressed that “the initiative to distribute water through mobile tanks will be maintained throughout the summer, and may be extended to other seasons, especially if the situation continues as it is”, asking citizens not to waste water and rationalizing its use and exploitation. and inform the competent authorities of everything that may be harmful to drinking water.