Wa­ter sit­u­a­tion is ‘dam’ good

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Tanaka Kadenge

ZIM­BABWE has enough wa­ter in its reser­voirs to guar­an­tee a con­stant sup­ply for hu­man and an­i­mal con­sump­tion, as well as for ir­ri­ga­tion in the 201819 sum­mer crop­ping sea­son.

Weather ex­perts fore­cast El Nino-in­duced av­er­age to be­low av­er­age rain­fall this sea­son.

Govern­ment has since the end of last year pri­ori­tised ir­ri­ga­tion de­vel­op­ment — in­clud­ing im­por­ta­tion of more than 80 cen­tre piv­ots — as part of its food se­cu­rity strat­egy, and this has been given a fil­lip by good rains over the past two years.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Author­ity, the av­er­age dam level is 78,2 per­cent of ca­pac­ity, suf­fi­cient to see the coun­try through to at least the end of 2019.

In a state­ment, the wa­ter util­ity’s cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing man­ager Mrs Mar­jorie Mun­y­onga said, “Zinwa wishes to as­sure the na­tion that the wa­ter in the dams is suf­fi­cient to meet the coun­try’s do­mes­tic and ir­ri­ga­tion re­quire­ments.

“As at Au­gust 27, 2018, the na­tional dam level av­er­age was 78.2 per­cent, mark­ing a 0, 44 per­cent drop since Au­gust 20, 2018.

“Ma­zowe Catch­ment has the high­est dam level of 95,5 per­cent fol­lowed by Manyame Catch­ment at 93,4 per­cent, Save Catch­ment 85,8 per­cent, Runde Catch­ment 69,6 per­cent, Sany­ati Catch­ment 87,2 per­cent, Mz­ing­wane 80,4 per­cent and Gwayi record­ing the low­est av­er­age of 68,5 per­cent.”

Mrs Mun­y­onga urged farm­ers us­ing ir­ri­ga­tion to reg­u­larise wa­ter use with the author­ity.

“Raw wa­ter users are en­cour­aged to ap­proach their near­est Zinwa catch­ment of­fices and sign wa­ter ab­strac­tion agree­ments that al­low them to legally ac­cess wa­ter in Zinwa man­aged dams as pre­scribed by the law,” said Mrs Mun­y­onga.

“Any use of wa­ter with­out the manda­tory le­gal doc­u­men­ta­tion con­sti­tutes a crim­i­nal of­fence in terms of Sec­tion 118 of the Wa­ter Act and of­fend­ers are li­able to crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.”

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