Tunisia: water stored in dams down 16.9% compared with last three years’ average

Water stored in dams stood at 839.815 million cubic meters (m3) on April 12, down 16.9% on the average for the last three years (1,010.755 million m3), according to a report on the situation of dams published on Saturday by the National Observatory for Agriculture (ONAGRI).
The deficit is estimated at 170.940 million m3. At the same date, the filling rate had reached 36.3%, with dams in the north supplying water at a rate of 43.7%.

The Bouhertma dam recorded the highest filling rate (64%) with 71.378 million m3, followed by the Sidi El Barrak dam (47%) with 133.470 million m3 and the Sidi Salem dam (41%) with 240.143 million m3. This is in addition to the dams at Sejnene (31%) with 41.204 million m3, Bir Mcherga (29%) with 12.030 million m3, Joumine (27%) with 32.298 million m3, Siliana (23%) with 7.055 million m3 and Sidi Saâd (20%) with 27.273 million m3.

The lowest filling rates were recorded for the Mellègue dam (17%) with 8.671 million m3 and the Nebhana dam (4%) with 2.568 million m3.

The filling rate of small dams exceeded 90% in Barbara (98.7%) and Zarga (94.5%) dams, and was over 70% in Moula (78.9%) and Gamgoum (76.2%) dams.

Water reserves in the dams for the current season amounted to 605.610 million m3, compared with an average of 1,556.576 million m3 (- 950.966 million m3).

Total water storage in Lake Ichkeul up to April 12 amounted to 1.187 million m3, compared with 0.261 million m3 at the same date last year.


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