[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Agriculture says that recent heavy rainfall has resulted in the level of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) rising to a “threatening level” which may require the release of water to additional outlets.
According to a press statement from the Ministry, at present, the levels are 58.25 GD at Flagstaff, 57.70 GD at Lama and 54.85 GD at Land of Canaan which is above the full supply level of 57.50 GD. The height of the Conservancy Dam is 59 GD.
“As a last resort, the commission of the EDWC will take a decision to have controlled release of water through the Mahaica Creek, via the Lama and Maduni outlet, so as to ensure the integrity of the EDWC Dams. However, excess water continues to be evacuated from the EDWC into the Demerara River via Five doors Sluice at Land of Canaan and outlets at Kofi and Cunha Sluices. Releases from these outlets remain the first choice,” the release stated.
The Ministry says that thus far there have been no breaches and over-topping of the Dams.
“The NDIA is currently putting measures in place to commence operational testing of the EDWC Northern Relief Channel at Hope Dochfour by conducting initial control releases through the channel. This will commence at 6am tomorrow. This will serve as one option to discharge water which will aid in bringing the EDWC water level down and creating safer free board levels.”
The NDIA will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure that the integrity of the EDWC Dams is kept intact and to ensure the livelihood of farmers in the Mahaica Mahaicony areas.