Weija Dam spillage to commence this week

Ghana Water Company Ltd says water levels in the dam have risen by more than ten feet in the space of two days

All is set for the spillage of excess water this week from the Weija Dam to Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL).

Current data shows the level of water in the dam has risen from 37 feet to 47.9 feet within two days, following torrential rain in Accra.

A statement published by GWCL advised residents and owners of property in the area to evacuate or take immediate precautionary measures to protect their lives and property.

According to the statement, areas to be affected include Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kope, Tsokome and surrounding communities.

“GWCL has begun a house-to-house sensitisation and using public information address systems within the communities, to caution settlers and residents [about] the repercussions of their continuous stay within the buffer zone,” it said.

GWCL says that opinion leaders, chiefs, assemblymen, unit committee leaders and heads of schools have been informed to help sensitise the people in the communities.

“Inhabitants living in communities downstream and along the buffer zone of the river course must evacuate the area to forestall any eventualities and also to protect life and property,” it advised.

Ghana Water Company Ltd assured its clientele that it is liaising with state institutions such as National Security and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to support the process and avoid any disaster.

The release of spillage from Weija is done annually, especially during the rainy season, to safeguard the lifespan of the dam, which supplies potable water to millions of residents of Accra.

Fred Dzakpata

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