Prime Minister Najla Bouden on Sunday checked the progress of the project to increase the capacity of the Bouhertma dam (Governorate of Jendouba) by 33 million m3 to reach a total capacity of 145 million m3.
Started in 2019, this project whose progress rate has reached 93%, will ensure the supply of 30 thousand hectares of irrigated areas in the governorate of Jendouba and supply drinking water for the northern regions by 2030/2050.
This project will also support the flood management system in the Oued Medjerda watershed and will optimise the protection of the town of Bousalem against the risk of flooding.
It will also help improve water quality in irrigated areas and water resource management in extreme situations.
Accompanied by the Agriculture Minister and Director General of the Directorate of Dams, the PM announced during her visit that the government is about to finalise an in-depth study on the country’s water resources and the possible solutions to cope with the water crisis.
Works of enlarging the dam have lasted 40 months for a total cost of TND 67 million, TND 48 million of which were provided by the German Development Bank in the form of credits and TND 19 million from the State treasury.
Source: Tap News Agency