The dams belonging to the Sebou hydraulic basin showed a filling rate of 62% on January 12, thanks to the latest rains and snowfall.
Data from the Sebou Hydraulic Basin Agency (ABHS), indicate that the Sebou basin has experienced since January 1 “significant generalized rain, with an average, from January 1 to 12, 2021, of more than 150mm”, or nearly twice the average for the basin compared to the beginning of January.
The water inflows recorded at the level of the different dams in the basin, for the same period, amounted to 515 million m3, of which 410 million m3 at the Al Wahda dam.
The filling rate of the reservoirs of the dams falling within the basin varies between 28% for the Kansera dam on the Oued Beht, and 102.5% at the level of the Bouhouda dam in the Province of Taounate
The average filling rate of the Sebou basin exceeds the national average which is only 44%, specifies the same source.
Thanks to these contributions, the water reserves in the reservoirs of the large dams of the Sebou basin currently amount to 3.462 billion m3, including 2.229 MM of m3 at the level of the reservoir of the Al Wahda dam.
These reserves, which should make it possible to meet drinking, industrial and irrigation water needs, in particular, represent 50% of the water reserves recorded in all the dams in the Kingdom, the ABHS said.
The agency stresses, moreover, that the last recorded rains are “beneficial for the various groundwater tables of the basin, which are supplied with water either by the infiltration of rainwater, or by the melting of the snow from the basin. Middle Atlass ”.
The Sebou basin is one of the most important hydraulic basins in the Kingdom with significant agricultural activities covering more than 1.8 million hectares, of which 357,000 ha are irrigated, in addition to the agro-food industry consisting of olive oil ( 60% of national production) and sugar (50%).
It covers a population of 6.2 million inhabitants, nearly 50% of which is urban, spread over 84 urban centers, including Fez, Meknes, Taza, Khémisset, Sidi Kacem and Kénitra.