Ouarzazate Lake – Long term photography project

The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam was constructed in the early eighties, since then,  it went through several dry seasons. 2013/2014 season was one of the hardest. 

Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.

 2013/2014 was a season of drought in Morocco. The difference was, the beginning of the construction of Noor power station, one of the biggest in the world. One of many reasons of choosing its the location, is the availability of a water source:  Ouarzazate lake. The demand on the lake water was excessive, contributing to the fast drying of the lake.

Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.

An old road connecting Ouarzazate to Skoura, which had disappeared after the construction of the dam, reappeared during the dry season of 2013. 18-08-2014

Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.

Late 2014, heavy rain hits Morocco, causing floods all over the country especially the south part. The floods damaged a lot of infrastructure, even some people lost their lives.  However the floods also filled up dams, and groundwater, Ouarzazate lake came back to life.

Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.

A fisher man fishing in the lake of Ouarzazate. 26-08-2015

Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.

Noor solar power complex is composed of four stations, Noor 1 is using water cooling system, while the other one,  will use dry cooling system to decrease water use. 

Noor complex; Ouarzazate solar power station,
Lake Ouarzazate - in The El Mansour Eddahbi Dam.