Muscat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has started construction work on two groundwater recharge dams in North Sharqiyah governorate with the objective of achieving self-sufficiency in water and supporting farmers.
An official from MAFWR said, “Construction works have begun on the two groundwater recharge dams. The first will be built in Wadi al Qafifa and the second in Wadi al Wrayed in the wilayat of Ibra, North Sharqiyah.”
According to the ministry official, the first dam will be 122m long and 24m tall with a storage capacity of 927,000 cubic metres. The second dam will be 255m long and 18.5m tall with a storage capacity of 702,000 cubic metres.
“The project aims to raise the water level in wells and aflaj irrigation systems, support farmers and livestock breeders in these areas, and increase water sources,” the official said.
He informed MAFWR is working to enhance the underground water table and preserve water resources from waste and depletion. It is also continuing water exploration and working on finding new water resources to meet the increasing needs of drinking water and water used for other indirect purposes.
Additionally, MAFWR is continuing to improve evaluation mechanisms for water resources, monitoring availability and water use data, and strengthening hydrometric monitoring systems.
According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), 169 dams were registered in the sultanate at the end of 2020. These include 115 surface storage dams, 51 underground recharge dams and three protection dams.