Residents invited to discuss project to raise La Gogue dam


15-February-2013

The La Gogue dam, the country’s main water reservoir

The first meeting is scheduled for Monday February 18 at the Anse Etoile district administration followed by the second the following day at the Glacis district administration.
Both meetings will start at 5pm.

Last year, the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) and Gibb Mauritius Ltd – the company contracted to carry out the study to increase the capacity of the La Gogue dam – signed a R9.5 million contract for a feasibility study.

Funded by the African Development Bank (ADB), the study was to start in mid-December last year and is expected to last nine months.

Speaking after the signing and exchanging the documents, PUC chief executive Philippe Morin said the study forms part of the PUC’s continuous effort to seek ways to increase the country’s water storage facilities – something which is very difficult in view of the island’s topography which does not allow for easy raw water storage.

He added that a more efficient and less costly option is by increasing the La Gogue dam’s water storage capacity.

The study is expected to determine the best way to increase the dam’s capacity, assess its water treatment facilities and piping system, and determine the best way to carry out the expansion project, its impact on the environment and its cost.

The aim of having such a plan is to address recurring water shortages and fulfill the increasing water supply needs of Seychelles.

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