Morocco to start building 5 new big dams in 2021
The construction of these dams, to cost the state around $538 million, is part of the national drinking water supply and irrigation program 2020-2027, said minister of Equipment & Water Abdelkader Amara at Morocco’s Upper House of parliament
Three dams will be built in the provinces of Azilal, Agadir and Figuig, while 2 will be constructed in Beni-Mellal province, said the minister, noting that the Imfout dam of Settat will be upgraded.
After their completion, the five new dams will increase the country’s storage capacity from 19 billion m3 to 27 billion cubic meters. During the past decade, Morocco built 23 large dams with a 6.2 billion m³ storage capacity. They cost the country over $3.1 billion.
Since his accession to the throne, King Mohammed VI has consolidated the policy led by the late King Hassan II to provide the Kingdom with water infrastructures to meet citizens’ growing needs. To date, Morocco has 149 large dams and 133 small dams used for drinking water and irrigation.
To address water scarcity challenge, Morocco has deployed a plan aimed at ensuring sufficient water supply, diversifying drinking & irrigation water sources, improving water management and increasing supply to rural areas through building more small & large dams, desalination plants and exploration of groundwater resources.