[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Lionel Wordsworth has reported that the level of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) has dropped to 58.1GD from the 58.25 GD experienced on Saturday.
He said that water was released from the Northern Relief Channel of the Hope -Dochfour outlet on Monday, June 15 via the eight-door sluice into the Atlantic Ocean from 6:00am until 9:00pm, and that the process went smoothly.
Wordsworth explained that because the water level in the Northern Relief Channel was higher than the level of the high tide, the decision was taken to release water via the eight-door sluice all day.
On Saturday when the discharge via the channel began, the level operated at was 56 GD. This level was raised to 56.5 on Sunday.
The Northern Relief Channel became the first option over the use of the Maduni and Lama sluices because those could have exacerbated flood conditions in the upper reaches of the Mahaica and Mahaicony Rivers, Wordsworth stated.
Since the level of the conservancy is still considered high, the NDIA Head said there is constant monitoring, and discharge will continue until the desired level of 57.5 GD in the EDWC is met.
The operation became necessary to preserve the structural integrity of the conservancy’s earthen embankments due to the high water level within. Water had reached the threatening level of 58.25GD in the conservancy which has a height of 59 GD.
Water is also being discharged from the EDWC through the Kofi, Cunha and Land of Canaan relief sluices into the Demerara River. [Extracted and modified from GINA]