The Ghana Water Company Limited has begun the spillage of excess water from the Weija Dam, today, March 30, 2021.
According to the company the move has become necessary due to the sudden rise of the water levels above the safety levels for the dam’s operation.
Affected communities include; Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kopey and surrounding communities, NewsWire GH can confirm.
The GWCL has urged persons living in these areas to take the needed precaution to protect lives and property.
Meanwhile the National Disaster Management Organization and other relevant agencies have been put on notice about the situation.
Below is the press release issued by the GWCL
WEIJA DAM SPILLAGE
Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) wishes to inform the general public, that it will begin spillage of excess water from the Weija dam at 6:00am on Tuesday 30th March, 2021
This has become necessary because of the sudden rise of the level of the dam from 46.2 feet to 48.1 feet with a 24-hour period. The safe operating level of the Weija Dam is 47ft, however, the level has risen to 48.1ft within a day, thereby prompting the spillage exercise to prevent a possible collapse of the dam.
Management has informed the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the National Security, Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), Chiefs, District Assembly, opinion leaders and all stakeholders downstream the dam to be in readiness or evacuate the area to avoid any eventuality. By this release, Management of GWCL is also informing the general public as well as institutions and organizations who have properties downstream of the imminent danger and therefore, must take the necessary precautionary measures.
Affected communities include; Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kopey and surrounding communities.