Rains boost dam water levels

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Harare (New Ziana) – Some of the country’s major dams have recorded gains in water levels as a result of the ongoing wet spell being experienced in most areas, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) said on Thursday.

In an update, Zinwa corporate communications and marketing manager Marjorie Munyonga said as of December 7, 2020, the national dam level average stood at 36, 5 percent, marking a 2, 12 percent improvement from November 30, 2020.

“Major gains were recorded in Gwayi Catchment whose dam level average rose by 6, 8 percent to 37, 3 percent in the past week. Manyame Catchment’s dam level average is 55, 8 percent, Mazowe Catchment 40, 7 percent, Mzingwane Catchment 32, 5 percent, Runde Catchment 32, 1 percent, Sanyati Catchment 27 percent and Save Catchment 37, 4 percent.

“Dams that recorded major improvements in the past week include Ngwenya Dam which gained 18, 7 percent and already spilling, Pollards Dam, which is now full, Tshangwa Dam which is now 79, 5 percent full after rising by 21, 7 percent and Lower Mgusa which is now also full after gaining 34, 7 percent.

“Upper Mgusa also rose significantly to 77 percent after an improvement of 16, 1 percent. Tugwi-Mukosi Dam, the country’s largest inland water body gained 2, 6 percent and is now 33, 1 percent,” she said.

Some of the dams that recorded increases are Siya Dam, Kushinga-Phikhelela, Upper Ncema, Silalabuhwa, Mzingwane, Sebakwe, Mutirikwi, Whitewater and Gwenoro.

Munyonga said while water levels in the dams have started improving, water users are urged to continue using the available water quite sparingly and efficiently.

“All those using raw water from Zinwa managed dams, for purposes other than primary purposes are advised to ensure that such use is in terms of water abstraction agreements as required by the Water Act,” she said.

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