A new dam in Morocco at Bou-Regreg about fifteen kilometres upstream from the capital, will regulate water from the wadi, supplying drinking water and water for industry until the 1990's.
GV PA across lake to dam and tents on hillside
SV King Hassan accompanied by Sheikh Zaid
SV Sheikh and King with other officials inspect model of dam area (2 shots)
SV King with officials
SV Plaque is unveiled, PAN across inscription in French and Arabic (2 shots)
SV Sheikh and King turn from plaque
SV King and Sheikh at button and King pushes it.
GV Water gushing from dam down river
CU and SV from King and Sheikh with officials looking at dam(2 shots)
GV PAN Water cascading over dam and officials on bank.
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Background: A new dam in Morocco at Bou-Regreg about fifteen kilometres upstream from the capital, will regulate water from the wadi, supplying drinking water and water for industry until the 1990's.
The dam was opened by King Hassan 11 on Sunday (11 August) accompanied by Sheikh Zaid, President of the United Arab Emirates who is on a visit to Morocco. After unveiling a plaque to commemorate the opening, the King pressed the button, releasing thousands of gallons of water over the dam.
Water supplies ran low on the coastal zone between Rabat and Casablanca an 1967 where there had been a rapid growth in the urban population and in industrial development. It was decided then to construct reservoirs in the Bou-Regreg Valley to increase the supply to the townships.
The first stage was the construction of a temporary dam on the Grou, to satisfy the demand for water between 1968 and 1974. Work on the dam at Bou-Regreg was begun in 1971. Further construction is planned to allow the dam to take three times its current capacity.
The World health Organisation (WHO) assisted in the dam project. The construction work itself was overseen by the National Office of Drinking Water.
SYNOPSIS: In the arid land around Bou-Regreg, in Morocco a reservoir now holds the precious water of the river, banked up behind a new dam.
On Sunday, King Hassan the Second, accompanied by Sheikh Zaid of the United Arab Emirates drove the fifteen kilometres downstream from the capital, Rabat, to open the new dam.
The dam will supply water both for drinking and for industry to the coastal zone between Rabat and Casablanca where a rapid growth in population and industria development has made increasing demands on the water supply.
Work on the dam was started in nineteen-seventy-one, to take over from the first stage of the valley project, a temporary dam built in nineteen sixty-seven to supply the demand for the first seven years.
The new dam is to supply the expected demand until the nineteen-nineties. After that additional construction will be carried out to enable it to take three times its current capacity.
The button worked and the dam was in action.
The work on the dams construction was supervised by the National Office of Drinking Water, with help from the World Health Organisation which cooperated on the project from the planning stage.
The dam can hold up to four-hundred-and-ninety-million cubic metres of water, enough to keep towns supplied in the dry season when the river level drops.