MOROCCO, THE MEASURES TO FACE THE WATER CRISIS
The Moroccan state secretary of state for water resources, Mme Charafat Afailal, has announced actions aimed at facing the severe water crisis that is affecting the Zagora region, semi-arid area bordering the Sahara. This area is currently affected by a strong drought, determined by the absence of precipitation and the excessive exploitation of the underground slope. The measures envisaged are as follows: 1) the creation of a new Water Agency for the Draâ Oued Noun reservoir to manage local water policy; 2) the transfer of water resources from the Mansour Eddahbi Dam to feed Zagora’s groundfalls (a first intervention was carried out in June and a second is due in mid-November); 3) new perforations in search of groundwater; 4) carrying out maintenance work and renovation of the Zagora water distribution network in order to improve its performance. These work should be completed by the end of 2018.