29 August 2012

Tunisia: Agriculture Minister Announces Measures to Improve Water System

Tunis — Agriculture Minister Mohamed Ben Salem announced several measures to improve the water system and speed up the achievement of new projects in this area. The aim, he said, is to ensure drinking water supply next summer and avoid the disturbances recorded this year.

It had been decided, at a working session chaired by Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, to transfer part of water of the North to the Governorate of Sfax through canals with a length of 120 km, at a cost estimated at 1 million dinars (MTD), he indicated, adding that works would last 9 months.

At a press briefing held Wednesday in Kasbah, the Minister said the National Water Exploitation and Distribution Company (SONEDE) had already launched tenders to this end.

Similarly, the pumping station of Karkar, Governorate of Mahdia, will be reinforced by 500 liters/second for 1.5 MTD.

It was also decided to create a water treatment plant at the level of the Oued Nabhana dam (Kairouan) with a budget of 1.4 MTD to be operated when consumption increases in summer.

He also announced the drilling of 6 deep wells in Sfax with a budget of 5.5 MTD and 4 wells in Sidi Bouzid with investments estimated at 4.2 MTD.

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