In addition, the groundwater deficit rises each year. The water table at “nappe de Haouz” currently drops by up to one metre each year. Which is why the use of dams is of key importance for the whole country in terms of drinking water supply and the provision of irrigation water for agriculture. The aim of the Moroccan-German project, which finished at the end of 2014 after three years, was to contribute to a reduction of these problems and hence to a sustainable water resources management.
The project theoretically examined several processes to reduce sediment inflow and sediment deposits at dams. One process of continuous sediment removal, which ensures continuous sediment flow and as such avoids dam sedimentation, is particularly interesting. The suitability of this and alternative processes is being discussed in detail for reservoirs in Morocco.
Special geographic features in Morocco
Sedimentation at this level occurs only in Morocco and in a handful of other countries across the world. A technology of continuous sediment removal cannot be developed based on the conditions in Germany. As a result, it is important to define the requirements that the technology must meet taking account of the conditions in Morocco.
Special results and successes of the measure
An overview of the sedimentation and de-sedimentation technologies at Moroccan and German dams was compiled.
New technologies for continuous sediment removal in desert regions were investigated and first applications prepared. The hydrological, sedimentological, granulometric and legal framework conditions for a sediment management at dams in Morocco were determined.
Recommendations for a modern use of technology in Morocco and Germany were prepared.
Dr Oliver Dilly
DLR Project Management Agency | International Bureau
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