ALGERIA’S DAMS 70 PCT FULL, REPORTS NATIIONAL WATER AGENCY

ALGIERS, The volume of water stored in Algeria’s 75 dams has reached 4.5 billion cubic metres, with an overall storage rate of 70.10 per cent of capacity, according to the the National Agency of Dams and Water Transfers (ANBT).

“The recent heavy rainfalls have allowed us to rebuild the reserves, which are expected to meet the needs until the end of 2019,” ANBT Director-General Arezki Berraki told APS Monday.

“The filling rate of dams nationwide has significantly increased compared with 2017,” he said.

“In November 2017, Algeria’s 75 dams were 52 per cent full, while this year the filling rate has reached 70.10 per cent in June: this rate is very significant for the country.”

The volume of water stored in three dams of the province of Bouira (about 120 kilometres east of Algiers) hit 525.35 million cubic metres, with an overall rate of 72 per cent of capacity, according to figures provided by ANBT.

In Bouira, the rate at Algeria’s second largest dam of Koudiet Acerdoune, in the commune of Maalla, has reached 53.76 per cent, and 61 per cent in the dam of Sed Lekhal in Ain Bessam, while the dam of Tilesdit is 100 per cent full.

Source: Nam News Network

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