Monday 16 December, 2019

Beach closed, red flags erected as sluice gate opens

The sluice gate at Worthing Beach in Christ Church.

The sluice gate at Worthing Beach in Christ Church.

Residents and tourists should not be alarmed if they see dark water at beaches along the South coast.

Seeking to prevent any alarm as persons cross Worthing Beach and any beach to its south, the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification has issued a notice.

The water discoloration will occur as the sluice gate at the Graeme Hall Swamp, Christ Church will be opened today, Tuesday, November 26. The press statement said that the opening of the gate is necessary to reduce the high water levels and to re-balance the swamp.

When the water is released, it will be brown in colour as the water in the Swamp is brackish water.

Worthing Beach will be closed to the public from 6 pm today until noon Wednesday, November 27. Red flags, which indicate no swimming, will be in place along the beach, and swimmers are asked to adhere to the flags and any other signs erected by the National Conservation Commission (NCC).

Other beaches that are usually affected when this action is taken include Accra Beach and Drill Hall Beach.

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