WE’VE GOT SUFFICIENT WATER: ZINWA
WATER in the country’s dams is sufficient to support this summer’s irrigation requirements and domestic needs for major cities and towns, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has said.
Some major dams have started recording increases in water levels.
According to latest data from Zinwa, the average national dam level stood at 77,3 percent as at December 30, marginally higher than the 59,7 percent average expected at this time of the year.
Dams under the Manyame catchment area have witnessed increased inflows with Chivero Dam, which is used for irrigation and water supply to Norton and Harare, now at 80,1 percent full, Manyame (58,3 percent), Harava (16,9 percent), Biri (83,7 percent) and Mazvikadei (61,5 percent).
Mazowe Dam, which is used for irrigation purposes, is 8,7 percent full, Kushinga-Phikhelela is at 63,7 percent and Masembura is at 89,5 percent capacity.
In a statement, Zinwa corporate communications and marketing manager, Marjorie Munyonga, said dam levels had started rising.
She said as of December 30, the national dam level average was 77,3 percent.
“Dam level increases have been noted in 19,7 percent of the country’s major dams with 10,69 percent of the same actually recorded declines.
“No changes were recorded in the rest of the dams, which constitute the remaining 69,7percent.
“The rise is seen in dams of some parts of the country, especially the Southern Region in response to the wet spell experienced in the past days.
“Positive changes in dam levels have been recorded in dams in Mashonaland East, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Midlands and Matabeleland South provinces such as Khami, Insiza, Mtshabezi, Zhovhe and Antelope while Tshangwa and Ngwenya Dams in Matabeleland South have started spilling.”
Munyonga advised farmers involved in irrigation to approach local Zinwa service centres and sign water abstraction agreements.
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