Morocco's dam reservoirs reached 69 percent capacity as of March 18, 2004, holding a total 10.2 billion cubic meters of water, up seven percent compared to the same month last year, reported MAP.
According to the secretariat of state in charge of water, the rise in reserves is due to the high level of rainfall recorded between September 1, 2003 and March 18, 2004.
In 2001, Morocco embarked on an initiative to construct nine new major dams and eight mid-size dams by 2004, in an effort to alleviate water shortages in the country. The agricultural sector in Morocco consumes about 80 percent of the available water in the Kingdom, estimated at 14 billion cubic meters. — (menareport.com)
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