Solar powered well pumps

In the prospect of promoting renewable energy for sustainability and reducing cost of access to water, MCM has rehabilitated and equipped 11 existing water wells and boreholes with solar energy in the region that were previously operated with thermal energy.

Increasing access to water

The average annual rainfall in the region is between 0 and 100 mm. Evaporation exceeds precipitation during most of the year and the water surface is usually present for a limited time, after heavy rainfall.

Given the aridity of the region, a top priority for our host communities is increasing their access to water, to raise the level of human health, nourish cattle and farmland and improve people’s livelihoods. 

  • MCM supplies drinking water to communities of Bennichab and Akjoujt and supplies through 21 taps along the pipeline (120km) water for livestock and nomadic communities.
  • MCM has also undertaken to equip 10 existing water points in areas that do not directly benefit from Bennichab-Akjoujt pipeline.
  • Considering the mine closure which could result in shutting down the pumping of water from Bennichab, MCM and the Government have taken the initiative to try to develop new water sources that could be a sustainable alternative. To date, 5 boreholes were drilled by MCM; 2 of which for irrigation and, a geophysical survey has been carried out by the government.