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Eskom Tests Emergency Flood Gates At Nalubaale and Kiira Dams

Eskom Operations Manager Peter Tentena says that the nine flood gates can release up to one million cubic meters of water per second for every hour if let open at once. He however hastens to add that this cannot stop the production of electricity or affect the supply of water in Jinja and others parts.
Thozama Gangi CEO Eskom Uganda and Moses Kayizi UEGCL Civil Enginer above Nalubaale Dam sluice gate

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Eskom has successfully spilled water through the spill and sluice gates of Kiira and Nalubaale dams in Jinja. The gates have been tested for flood water control to avert emergency situations in future as water levels rise on Lake Victoria.

The water levels had reached 12.6 meters by yesterday, when each of the nine gates at Nalubaale and Kiira dams was let open to spill water between 1pm and 2pm.

Each of the flood gates was tested to a maximum water spill of 215 cubic meters of water per second for each of the gates at Nalubaale and 1000 cubic meters for the three gates at Kiira dam.

Eskom Operations Manager Peter Tentena says that the nine flood gates can release up to one million cubic meters of water per second for every hour if let open at once. He however hastens to add that this cannot stop the production of electricity or affect the supply of water in Jinja and others parts.

380 megawatts of hydro electricity produced by Nalubaale (180mw) and Kiira (200mw) require 84 million cubic meters of water for the turbines to run normally.

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Eskom Managing Director Thozama Gangi, says the flood gates will now be of help during times of emergencies to spill water, once cracks on the walls of the 62 year and 15 year old Nalubaale and Kiira dams are noticed, water levels are increasingly higher and silting accumulates.

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Nicholas Tumwine, a water officer with Ministry of Water and Environment says the gates are fine and could be used in control of water levels, by Eskom upon instructions.

The water spilling at the nine flood gates was a life time opportunity for many locals mostly passers- by who stood witness.

John Mulaza, a businessman at Jinja central market says it has made the dam more attractive.

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The flood gates have been under refurbishment since January 2015 with the help of general maintenance funds budgeted by Eskom Uganda limited.

Nalubaale Dam and Kiira dams were constructed respectively in 1954 and 2000 respectively.