Turkwel dam likely to spill over in the next two months

The Turkwel Dam in West Pokot County   is expected to spill over in the next two months following increased water volume due to heavy rainfall witnessed in the area.

Kerio valley Development Authority (KVDA)  that manages the facility has issued an alert  saying the  dam  which is 1150 meters above sea level is currently at a  level of  1142 meters full and could overfull any time soon.

Kerio Valley Development Authority Managing Director Sammy Naporos  has however assured residents  in the area that there is no cause for alarm saying the  dam is constructed in a way that provides a mechanisms to evacuate excess water  back to the rivers.

He explained that it is something normal for the dam to spill over and residents should not panic.

Naporos said that the current volume will last 3-4 years for power generation and will benefit the Kenya Hydro power generating company [KENGEN] in production of power.

He said that Turkwel dam is one of the stable dams in the Country covering 60 kilometer with 1.2 billion liters of water.

Naporos however advised people living downstream to move to higher grounds to be on the safe side.

He said the authority will continuously liaise with West Pokot and Turkana County Governments to sensitize locals in case the dam spills over.

KVDA Engineer in charge of water resources Daniel Kiptan said the volume of the water in the dam is 1.6 billion meter cubic adding that the dam is stable and they are monitoring on performance of the structure.

The Engineer said that the spillover is gradual and is not an abrupt thing.



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