finance & economy

Filling rate of dams stands at 51%

March 11, 2021

(TAP) – The stocks of Tunisia’s dams dropped by about 239 million m3 till March 8 and their filling rate stood at only 51%, which requires the adoption of the quotas system and the orientation of the water of some dams, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries.

This decision was made during a meeting held on Tuesday to discuss the ministry’s preparations ahead of the peak water consumption for summer 2021 and the main interventions in this field.

The agricultural department projects as part of its annual dam water exploitation plan, to devote about 64% of the dams’ resources to drinking water needs and 36% to irrigation.

Acting Agricuture Minister Fadhel Kraiem Karim called to devise a special programme to provide the necessary fund to create a 4th connection line between the Sejnane dam and the Medjerda Canal.

Interventions made as part of annual programmes to meet the peak consumption period, had reduced the number of areas with supply disruptions from 224 in 2016 to 33 in 2020, the ministry specified.

Besides, the minister recommended devising a communication strategy to control water consumption, and setting up a recovery plan to relaunch projects recording difficulties at the level of achievement or signing of agreements.

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