Dadin Kowa Dam
|Dadin Kowa Dam|
|Location||Gombe State, Nigeria|
|Dam and spillways|
|Creates||Lake Dadin Kowa|
|Total capacity||800 million m3|
|Surface area||300 km2|
The Dadin Kowa Dam is in Yamaltu local government area of Gombe State in the north east of Nigeria. The dam is located about 35 kilometers to the east of Gombe town, and provides drinking water for the town. The dam was completed by the federal government in 1984, with the goal of providing irrigation and electricity for the planned Gongola sugar plantation project.
The reservoir has a capacity of 800 million cubic meters of water and a surface area of 300 square kilometers, and has potential as a source of fish. 26,000 people were displaced by the reservoir, receiving little assistance for resettlement. The reservoir is suspected to be a major breeding site for black flies, which cause river blindness.
The water supply project was built at a cost of about N8.2billion by CGC Nigeria, a Chinese company, completed during the administration of Governor Mohammed Danjuma Goje. In 2010 it was providing about 30,000 cubic meters daily, treated at a plant three kilometers from the dam before being piped to storage reservoirs in Gombe while supplying communities along the road.
In August 2001 the federal government announced that it would spend $32 million to complete the Dadin Kowa Dam power generation facilities. In March 2009 N7 billion was allocated to complete the hydro-electrical generation component of the dam, and another N500 million to complete the canal, which would irrigate 6,600 hectares of farmland. In August 2009 Governor Goje said that less than N600 million was needed to provide the canals.
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