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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Local dam levels rise

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:33
The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) says dam levels have risen significantly following the good rains received so far in the season with the nation’s inland water bodies 75% full on average.

According to ZINWA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Knowledge Mudzengerere there has been significant inflows into the country’s dams with capacity varying depending on the amount of rain received in the dam’s catchment areas.

As of the 17th of this month the highest recorded dam level was at Mundi Mataga in Mberengwa which is 109% full followed by Wenimbi dam in Marondera which is 102% full.

Setting aside reticulation challenges, Harare residents are assured of adequate water supply as the city’s main water source Chivero dam is 99% full and set to spill in a week’s time.

Engineer Mudzengerere also said that though the amount of raw water is adequate for the country’s needs there are a lot of challenges in the area of water supply, which he attributed to obsolete equipment , power supply and economic constraints.

“Yes we have enough raw water, but challenges are still there and these include power cuts and obsolete equipment,” said Engineer Mudzengerere.

The filling up of the country’s major dams is a boost to urban water supply and to the mainstay of the economy, agriculture, as farmers are expected to take advantage of the abundant water for irrigation in the winter season.

Dam Purpose Percentage full

Chivero Water supply/ Irrigation 98.7%

Manyame Water supply/ Irrigation 75.2%

Mazvikadei Water supply/ Irrigation 96.2%

Karoi Water supply/ Irrigation 63.2%

Mazowe Irrigation 22.5%

Wenimbi Water supply/ Irrigation 98.0%

Beitbridge 1 Water supply 75.1%

Mundi Mataga Irrigation 109.4%

Nyajena Irrigation 72.7%

Mutirikwi Water supply/ Irrigation 53.5%

Gwenoro Water supply/ Irrigation 91.9%

Osborne Irigation 87.5%

Wenimbi Irrigation 102.1%

Mtshabezi Water supply/ Irrigation 101.2%

Insiza Water supply/ Irrigation 87.6%

Khami Irrigation 93.5%

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