Ghana Water Company warns residents about planned Weija dam spillage

The Ghana Water Company Limited has served notice it will open the spillway gates of the Weija Lake to safeguard the dam from collapse.

In a release Tuesday, GWCL says “individuals, institutions, organisations and companies with properties on the downstream side of the Dam to note, that the opening of the spillway gates may cause massive flooding along the lower course of the Densu River and it is essential for Property owners and residents in the area to take immediate precautionary measures to protect life and property.”

Communities that are likely to be affected include, Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower Mc Carthy Hill, Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kopey and other surrounding communitites.

GWCL explains, “every dam has a maximum operating level beyond which the safety of the dam is compromised. As a result, spill gates are opened to enable the excess water flow downstream.”

The excess water in most areas, especially Weija, poses a lot of danger to communities located downstream.

The Ghana Water Company says it is working with Municipal and District Assemblies, the National Disaster and Mobilisation Organisation (NADMO), and National Security, educate the general public on the essence of evacuating such communities to forestall any form of eventuality.

The release said the Ghana Water Company has put in place various measures such as dredging some of the estuaries and tributaries to enable good flow of the excess water.

It says these measures notwithstanding, it cannot guarantee the safety of people living in the flood zones.

“It is therefore better and safer to heed to this precautionary information to safeguard lives and property,” the GWCL said.

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