Beja: Maximum filling rate of dams in northern Tunisia after years of drought
11/02/2019 14:33, BEJA/Tunisia

(TAP) - The dams of northern Tunisia have recorded, until February 11, 2019, a water stock of 1548 million m3, reaching, thus, a maximum filling rate (88.7%), after three years of rainfall deficit.

For example, the Sidi Salem dam (Beja governorate), the largest water structure in Tunisia, built in 1981, has recorded a water stock of 550 million m3, i.e. 94% of its capacity. The Sidi El Barrak dam in Beja governorate reached a filling rate of 98.8% (281 million m3), the Sejnane dam in Bizerte governorate 95% (127 million m3), and the Bouhertma and Beni Mtir dams in Jendouba governorate 89.7% (100 million m3) and 99.5% (60 million m3) respectively.

After the last bad weather, several areas (houses, agricultural land) in the governorates of Beja, Jendouba and El Kef were submerged and others are threatened with flooding, after the dams were filled, which until then had absorbed the excess runoff water from Algeria in particular.

The high dam filling rate now removes the spectre of drought that has plagued the last three years (2016-2018), when the average stock of dams has not exceeded 892 million m3. The lowest level was recorded in 2018 at 724 million m3.

The Tunisian North has the country's largest water reserves, exceeding 85% of water resources, 50% of which are in the Beja governorate.

All dams have reached a filling rate of 77.8%, i.e. 1752 million m3, until 11 February 2019, nationwide.

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