Residents close to the Weija Dam and its surrounding environments are not new to spillage of excess water from the Weija Dam. Over the years, the activity has caused several losses to properties and other essentials of residents and neighbouring communities. It beats the minds of a section of the Ghanaian population if the practice that has stood long is the viable solution to keeping the dam at the usual operating level.
Maybe a supplementary reservoir could be constructed to take the storage of the excess to replenish the dam when the water levels run down. The problem may be beyond a supplementary reservoir.
Once again, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has announced that it will begin a water spilling exercise to get rid of excess water from the Weija Dam. The activity per indications of the Company is part of the unvarying measures resorted to safeguard the dam. The dam is said to have risen beyond its usual operating levels in the last two day – from 37ft to 47.9ft.
Per an immediate release by the office of the Ghana Water Company Limited dated on the 31st of May 2020, issued by the Chief Manager (PR/Communications), Mr Stanley Martey, the safe operating level of the dam is 47ft. It has, therefore, become essential for management to spill excess water to prevent the dam from possible damage or collapse.
The Company has stated that they’ve begun a house to house sensitisation, including the use of public address systems within the communities, to caution residents on the repercussions of their continuous stay within the buffer zone.The Company has also called on opinion leaders, chiefs, unit committee leaders, assemblymen and heads of educational institutions to assist the Company in sensitising the inhabitants of the buffer zone.
The Ghana Water Company Limited has emphasised that it is liaising with institutions like the National Security and NADMO to support its upcoming spilling course. Communities likely to be affected by the spillage includes Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kope, Tsokome and surrounding communities.
The Ghana Water Company Limited advice property owners and residents of the listed areas to evacuate or take immediate precautionary measures to protect life and property. Over the years, residents have lost millions of cedis in properties through the spillage practice of the Company. The said communities should pay a listening ear and follow the directions of the Company with urgency.
Below is a copy of the release: