Heavy rains push dam lev­els up

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Abi­gail Ma­wonde Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

THE coun­try’s av­er­age dam lev­els have in­creased, with some ma­jor dams record­ing 100 per­cent ca­pac­ity

n a state­ment, Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (zinwa) cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Mrs Mar­jorie Mun­y­onga said some of the coun­try’s ma­jor dams had started record­ing in­creases in wa­ter lev­els as most parts of the coun­try con­tin­ued to re­ceive rains.

“Dams in the Mata­bele­land area have shown a pos­i­tive in­crease in the lat­est record­ing, and a num­ber of com­mu­nity dams have since been recorded full dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

“The na­tional dam level av­er­age has also risen to 49 per­cent, which shows a rapid change since the last record­ing, though the fig­ure is still be­low the na­tional av­er­age ex­pected dur­ing this time of the year,” she said.

The dam level av­er­age is usu­ally around 60 per­cent dur­ing this time of the year.

Mrs Mun­y­onga urged Zim­bab­weans to use wa­ter re­spon­si­bly.

“The Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity con­tin­ues to urge wa­ter users in all sec­tors to use the avail­able wa­ter spar­ingly and to prac­tise rain-wa­ter har­vest­ing.

“In case of floods, move to higher ground, also keep watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to ra­dio and tele­vi­sion for in­for­ma­tion,” she said.

Mrs Mun­y­onga urged wa­ter users to reg­u­larise their us­age with the au­thor­ity to avoid pros­e­cu­tion.

“The au­thor­ity also ap­peals to ir­ri­gat­ing farm­ers and other raw wa­ter users to en­sure that they en­ter into wa­ter ab­strac­tion agree­ments with Zinwa as is re­quired un­der the Wa­ter Act.

“Any use with­out the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion is il­le­gal and of­fend­ers are li­able to pros­e­cu­tion or risk hav­ing their sup­plies dis­con­nected,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics tabled by Zinwa by Jan­uary 10, 2017; Lower Mgusa and Khami dams, which feed into the Gwayi catch­ment, recorded 102,2 per­cent and 100 per­cent full, re­spec­tively. There was an 8,2 per­cent in­crease on Lower Mgusa Dam, while no in­crease was recorded on Khami when com­pared to the Jan­uary 3 statis­tics.

Isunkamini and Bupi Lu­pane dams, which also feed into the Gwayi catch­ment, recorded 92,4 per­cent and 57,5 per­cent, re­spec­tively. Both recorded a 30,3 per­cent and 6,8 per­cent in­crease re­spec­tively.

Manyame Dam, which is used for ir­ri­ga­tion and wa­ter sup­ply to Nor­ton and Harare recorded 80,1 per­cent full, while Chivero, used for the same pur­poses is 66,2 per­cent full.

Mazvikadei Dam, which is used for ir­ri­ga­tion and min­ing, recorded 82 per­cent full.

Nyam­buya Dam recorded 100 per­cent full, Kushinga Phikhelela 90,2 per­cent and Ru­faro 85,2 per­cent. All the three dams feed into the Ma­zowe catch­ment with Nyam­buya and Kushinga Phikhelela be­ing used for ir­ri­ga­tion and wa­ter sup­ply while Ru­faro is used for both pur­poses as well as in in­dus­try.

Ma­zowe Dam used for ir­ri­ga­tion recorded 4,8 per­cent which has not in­creased since Jan­uary 3.

In the Mz­ing­wane Catch­ment, Mt­shabezi Dam recorded 50,3 per­cent, Up­per Ncema 19,1 per­cent, Lower Ncema 16,7 and Zhove 109,8 per­cent full.

Runde Catch­ment’s Man­jirenji, Mu­tirikwi and Muzhwi dams recorded 10,7 per­cent, 7,4 per­cent and 32,4 per­cent full re­spec­tively.

In the Save catch­ment, Odzani and Wen­imbi dams recorded 102,2 per­cent and 102,4 per­cent full re­spec­tively. Siya Dam recorded 20,7 per­cent while Os­borne Dam recorded 28,8 per­cent full.

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