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General News of Sunday, 16 June 2013

Source: citifmonline

Rainfall will determine further spillage at Weija - GUWC

The Ghana Urban Water Company has opened two gates of the Weija Dam to spill excess water.

Last week, residents living along the Weija Dam area were asked to relocate from the immediate surroundings because the water level in the dam was near maximum limit.

Over one thousand properties within the Ga South municipality by estimation will be affected by the opening of the spillways, which might render the Weija area flooded.

Speaking to Citi news, the Public Relations officer of the Ghana Urban Water Company, Stanley Martey revealed that more gates of the dam might be opened depending on the volume of water the rainfall will bring.

“It’s a gradual process; you can’t just open it like that. You open one at some interval, and after an hour or so, we open the second gate. So far, we are spilling two gates, and we’ll be monitoring the rains,” he stated.

Mr. Martey further noted, “If the rains are high and there is more water flowing into the dam, then we’ll have to continue spilling because we need to keep a balance between the inflows and the outflows.”

“Currently, it is at 47 feet, so we need to manage it around 47 feet. If it goes below and we are expecting more rains, we will continue to spill, but if it is going to be low and there are no rains, we’ll stop,” he added.