LIWA: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources is overseeing the implementation of new dams in North Al Batinah Governorate and is following up maintenance works on the existing dams. The ministry issues licences for the removal of sediments from dam's catchment areas and conducts periodic follow-up of the condition of dams to make them ready to receive water from overflowing wadis during heavy rainfall, according to Engineer Mohammed bin Ali al Issaei, head of the dams and aflaj department at the Directorate-General of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources in North Al Batinah Governorate.
The Governorate of North Al Batinah thrives on various water resources from valleys, aflaj, groundwater and surface water. The 10 dams supervised by the Directorate- General of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources in North Al Batinah Governorate have a great importance as they contribute to groundwater recharge and boost water quantities of water entering the aquifer.
The dams in the Governorate of North Al Batinah are considered as important water facilities for their contribution to groundwater recharge and increasing the quantities of water entering the aquifer. Besides, the dams protect populated areas from flood hazards which was clearly visible during Cyclone Shaheen, the official said.
The Governorate of North Al Batinah boasts 10 dams distributed in the wilayats of Saham, Suhar and Al Khaboura. There are four dams in the Wilayat of Suhar namely Wadi Al Jizi dam, a groundwater recharge dam with a length of 1,234 metres and a storage capacity of 5.4 million cubic metres. Al Salahi is a protection and groundwater recharge dam measuring 9,062 metres in length with a storage capacity of 0.55 million cubic metres. In addition, the Wilayat of Suhar has two more small-sized recharge dams: Saih Al Berir dam with a storage capacity of 15,000 cubic metres and the Al Malha underground dam which has a storage capacity of 12,500 cubic metres, the official said.
The Wilayat of Saham has four dams including groundwater recharge and protection dams. The Wadi Ahin dam is one of the largest dams in the governorate with a storage capacity of 6.8 million cubic metres and a length of 6,540 metres. The Wilayat of Khaboura has two dams: Wadi Al Hawasna dam which has a storage capacity of 3.7 million cubic metres and the Maiha Bani Kiyum dam, Al Issaei concluded. — ONA