Morocco's Reservoirs Less Than Half Full

Dec. 28, 2000
RABAT,, MOROCCO--Water levels in Morocco's reservoirs have fallen to nearly 48 percent of capacity, compared with over 56 percent a year ago, official figures showed on Wednesday.The state-run Water Engineering Directorate said that on January 17 the North African country's reservoirs held 6.7 billion cubic metres of water, compared with their total capacity of 13.9 billion cubic metres.Officials have attributed the shortage to last year's drought, which hit the important agriculture sector. But the country has registered good rainfalls this season.Morocco has some 60 dams, which irrigate around a sixth of its 5.6 million hectares of arable land.SOURCE: Reuters