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New Moroccan pipeline to ease water pressures

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The government of Morocco plans to build a new 7.8km water pipeline in Casablanca.
This follows a contract signed with Société Nouvelle Travaux Maroc (SNTM) for the project.
The launch of the drinking water project comes just one month after the commissioning of its first phase, which consisted of the construction of a connection pipe between the north of Casablanca and the Mediouna reservoir over 7.2 km.
The water pipeline will connect the Mediouna and Bouskoura water reservoirs, as part of the project to transfer water from the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah dam.
SNTM will carry out the start tapping on the arrival of the 2,000 diameter interconnection pipe at the level of the metering structure in Mediouna, a 1,600 diameter pipe over a length of approximately 7.8 km linking the arrival of the interconnection pipe to the entrance of the Bouskoura reservoir.
These steps will lead to the connection of the Bouskoura reservoir to its existing 1,200 diameter inlet pipe, upstream of the metering system.
The contract will also cover the construction of regulation and protection works and equipment, as well as main road crossings by trenching or sinking, etc.
Upon completion, the project will improve supply in Casablanca which is currently suffering from the effects of drought.
The phenomenon has considerably reduced the level of reserves in the Oum Er Rbiaâ basin, Al Massira and other dams. The surrounding cities and towns such as Benguerir, Marrakech, Safi, Youssoufia, Sidi Bennour, El Jadida, Settat and Berrechid are also impacted.
In addition to exploiting the surplus water available at the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah dam, the second phase of the project will extend the capacity of a pumping station in the city of Casablanca from 2.5 m3 of water per second to 4 m3 per second.