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Dam still low

Mere Naleba
Friday, February 28, 2014

THE Monasavu Dam will need more rain in order to fill the dam to capacity.

This, the FEA says, to ensure operations during the dry season.

The dam at the moment is recording 732.97metres above sea level and this is equivalent to 12metres, which is below the full level.

FEA's CEO Hasmukh Patel said he was hoping the heavy rain could replenish water in the dam to ensure operations and power to FEA customers were not disrupted during the dry spell.

Mr Patel also confirmed even with the country experiencing a heavy downpour at times, it did not mean they would need to open any slipway for access water in the dam to flow into as the dam's slipways were always open. "Once the dam is full, the water automatically will spill along the spillway," he said.

"The last time the dam spilled was in March 2012, during the floods."

In an article published by this newspaper in October last year, the dam level as of October 16 was 730.48metres above sea level, only 15.48metres above the safe operating level of 715metres.