Wadi Dayqah dam to be opened today

The visitor area at Wadi Dayqah dam in Quriyat (Muscat Daily)

Muscat - 

The biggest dam in Oman, Wadi Dayqah dam in the wilayat of Quriyat will be officially opened on Monday under the auspices of H H Sayyid Fatik bin Fahar al Said, secretary general at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.

The dam will contribute to achieving a qualitative leap in the implementation of water projects in the country, according to an official at the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources.

The storage capacity of the dam is about 100mn cu m. The storage lake covers an area of about 350 hectares and extends to about 6km from the main body of the dam. The technical studies for the project were initiated by the government in 1978 in a bid to study the possibility of storing flood water.

The implementation of the project has been made in two phases. The project includes control rooms for the dam, a tower for water discharge, monitors for the data and control switches.

The project includes a tunnel inside the main structure of the dam for control, injection and discharge of the leaked water. It also includes a centre for visitors, spread over 1,281 sq m that will allow visitors to have a birds-eye view of the whole site.

The entire expanse has been provided with shaded seating areas, water fountains, paved internal roads, car parks, a helipad and also restaurants

Water will be provided free of cost to the residents of the wilayat of Quriyat for agricultural purposes. The project is also economically feasible for providing potable water to the residents of Quriyat and Muscat.

Eng Ahmed Humaid al Balushi, said, “Wadi Dayqah dam will enhance the volume of water resources in the sultanate and will contribute to developing water resources in Muscat governorate in general and Quriyat in specific.”

Saleh Mohammed al Hazami, a resident of Quriyat said, “Wadi Dayqah dam will contribute to preserving water and using it for the sustainable development strategies in the sultanate. Water shortage in some areas of the sultanate indicates the urgent need for such water development projects.

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