In contrast to the fragmented systems we found around Fez, the Zarka Valley has a functional network of acequia. Little need for a mayor domo to direct the use of water, there is plenty to take when needed, as the river fed by the Zarka (blue) spring flows constantly. The fields are growing corn, interspersed with livestock fodder like clovers or alfalfa to replenish the soil for a few years between growing out the corn again. Along the edges of the fields, blooming oleander and various medicinal herbs flourish. The ditch system is well maintained and the government restores the concrete ditches, which look like they were recently refurbished.