Sidi Driss Dam Construction Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Jun 1978
Signature Date 29 Nov 1978
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 1983
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 1983
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14015
Commitment U.A 5,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Sidi Driss Dam Construction Project. The construction of the Sidi Driss intake dam forms the first phase of a vast “Central Haouz Development Programme” which, in addition to the construction of the Sidi Driss intake dam and that of Ait Chouarit, involves the raising of the Lalla Takerkoust dam, completion of a 128 km long canal with 20 m per second capacity head, a hydro-agricultural scheme covering an area of 57, 500 ha; and the construction of a hydro-electric plant and a sugar factory. The Sidi Driss dam should provide primarily the drinking water supply of the city of Marrakech and irrigation water from the Great Hydraulic Central Haouz, through the bypass channel whose catch is located immediately downstream of the dam. It should be one of the basic components in a proposed comprehensive water infrastructure to facilitate the intensive agricultural development of an additional 51,000 ha. A substantial quantity of electric power should be produced.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the Sidi Driss dam is to provide drinking water to the town of Marrakech, and water for the irrigation of an area of 5,000 ha in the Haouz plain.


The main beneficiaries of the project are the populations of the city of Marrakech and the farmers of the province of Al Haouz.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-EAA-001
Last Update 04 Oct 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
31.88365 -7.12004 Loued Lakhdar