Rains boost dam levels

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Kudza­ishe Chinyan­dura Her­ald Re­porter

WA­TER levels for Zim­babwe’s ma­jor dams have in­creased slightly by 0,49 per­cent from last week thanks to the above av­er­age rains be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in most parts of the coun­try.

The Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices De­part­ment in its fore­cast said thun­dery rain show­ers are set to per­sist though light and iso­lated falls are ex­pected to the south in areas such as Mata­bele­land South, south­ern areas of the Mid­lands, Man­i­ca­land and Masvingo.

The dam levels have been de­clin­ing since De­cem­ber last year, with the Zim­babwe National Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (Zinwa) at­tribut­ing the de­cline to the high tem­per­a­tures recorded coun­try­wide.

In a state­ment yesterday, Zinwa cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Mr Tsun­giri­rai Shoriwa said there had been a slight in­crease in dam levels, with the dam level av­er­age be­ing 67 per­cent, mark­ing a 0,49 per­cent rise from the pre­vi­ous week.

“Manyame Catch­ment has the high­est dam level av­er­age at 86,7 per­cent fol­lowed by Ma­zowe Catch­ment with 83,6 per­cent, Sany­ati Catch­ment 70,9 per­cent, Save Catch­ment 65,9 per­cent, Mz­ing­wanes 68,7 per­cent, Runde Catch­ment 59,4 per­cent and Gwayi Catch­ment 58,7 per­cent,” he said.

While ap­pre­ci­at­ing the pos­i­tive move­ment in dam levels, Mr Shoriwa urged wa­ter users in all sec­tors to use the avail­able wa­ter spar­ingly and to prac­tise rain wa­ter har­vest­ing.

He said the wa­ter avail­able was suf­fi­cient to meet do­mes­tic and ir­ri­gation re­quire­ments and in cases where it did not, Zinwa would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

“There are some in­stances where the wa­ter levels may not be ad­e­quate and Zinwa will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“Prospec­tive 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,” Mr Shoriwa said, adding wa­ter was a fi­nite re­source which needed to be con­served.

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