By mid-century, in the southern Mediterranean countries, levies probably reach the limit level of renewable water resources. Algeria is one of the poorest countries in renewable water resources, with an annual storage capacity of 14.6 million m3 in the Mediterranean coastal watersheds, representing 7% of the land area and accounts for 90 % of total surface runoff of the country. In this paper, we assess water demand to meet the needs of water users in Constantine province. The latter is located in the Kébir-Rhumel Mediterranean basin under semi-arid climate with relatively high growth rate of population, agricultural and industrial activities. Using Water Evaluation And Planning system (WEAP), we built a model for managing water demand of Constantine province. A business as usual and five scenarii of «water demand ” were calculated by WEAP model to simulate the uncertainties over the period of 20 years (2008-2027) : (1) Population growth, (2) increase in irrigated crop lands, (3) decrease in basic drinking water consumption, (4) decrease in basic irrigation water consumption and (5) increase in basic industrial water consumption. The results showed that scenario 3 is the best alternative scenario and the most efficient by reducing drinking water demand for about 12 Mm3 in 20 years, and thus preserve reaching the limits of water resources potentialities.
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Research Article| February 23 2017
Assessing long-term water demand of constantine province in Kébir-Rhumel Mediterranean catchment
H. Kiniouar a)
1Geological engineering Laboratory.
University Mohamed Seddik Benyahia of Jijel, BP 98, 18000 Jijel,
2Water Resources and Sustainable Development Laboratory, Dep. Geology.
University of Annaba, BP 12, 23000 Annaba,
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AIP Conf. Proc. 1814, 020050 (2017)
H. Kiniouar, A. Hani, A. Younsi; Assessing long-term water demand of constantine province in Kébir-Rhumel Mediterranean catchment. AIP Conf. Proc. 23 February 2017; 1814 (1): 020050. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4976269
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