The recent rains have increased the water level in Wadi Dayqah Dam in Quriyat to about 90mn cubic metres. With the storage capacity of the dam being 100mn cubic meters, it was 90 per cent full after the showers.
Abdullah bin Salem al Furi, head of operation and maintenance, Wadi Dayqah Dam, Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, said that after the rains, the level of the dam increased by 32mn cubic meters to 90mn cubic metres. He added that an additional three metres rise in the water level would have led to flooding.
The water of the dam is, however, discharged regularly to feed the groundwater in the downstream areas and for farming purposes, he disclosed. Furi added that the ministry also undertakes periodic checks to measure the water level in the dam.
Built at a height of 75m and a length of more than 40m, the storage capacity of the dam is 100mn cubic meters. Wadi Dayqah Dam is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Oman with visitors thronging the site throughout the year.