National dam water levels depressed: ZINWA
Harare (New Ziana) – Water levels in the country’s major dams remain depressed and continue on a downward trend, as high temperatures persist in most parts of the country, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has said.
“Continued draw downs of water from the dams by local authorities and irrigating farmers also explain the drop in dam levels,” Zinwa corporate communications and marketing manager Marjorie Munyonga said in an update.
“The rainfall activity experienced in some parts of the country in the past days is yet to have any impact on the water situation. As at November 13, 2020, the national dam level average was 35.6 percent with Manyame catchment having the highest dam level average of 55.8 percent.
“Gwayi catchment had a dam level average of 29.5 percent, Mazowe catchment 42 percent, Mzingwane catchment 32.1 percent, Runde catchment 31 percent, Sanyati catchment 23.2 percent and Save Catchment 36.6 percent.”
Munyonga said, in light of the prevailing situation, water users across the board should use the available water sparingly and efficiently.
“Users are advised to constantly check their taps and irrigation systems for leakages and ensure that any leakages that are detected are rectified promptly. All raw water users drawing water for purposes other than primary purposes are also advised to ensure that their water use is in terms of water abstraction agreements as required under the Water Act. Any such use without the relevant water abstraction agreements constitutes a criminal offence and users are liable to prosecution,” she said.
The water levels are, however, expected to increase once the 2020/21 rain season is in full swing as the country is forecast to receive normal to above normal rainfall.