Dam levels recede


SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

Water levels in the country’s dams remain on a declining trajectory. Winter cropping irrigation activities across the country; coupled with water draw downs by local authorities and other users also explain the dropping water levels. The rising temperatures have also triggered the demand for water from the dams and have also led to increased water losses through evaporation. As at September 7, 2020, the national dam level average had declined to 42, 2% which is 20% below the national dam level average expected during this period of the year. Gwayi Catchment had a dam level average of 38, 6%, Manyame Catchment 64, 4%, Mazowe Catchment 54, 3%, Mzingwane Catchment 37, 4%, Runde Catchment 36%, Save Catchment 47, 1% and Save 47, 1%.

 Water in most of the dams is however sufficient to take the local authorities and other water users to the next run-off season. Notwithstanding this, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) continues to appeal to all water users across the board to use the available water very sparingly and efficiently. All users of raw water, using water for purposes other than primary purposes, are advised to ensure that their water use is in terms of the relevant water abstraction agreements as required by the Water Act. Any use of water without the necessary documentation constitutes a breach of the law and uses are liable to prosecution.

Summary of major dams as at September 7, 2020

Bubi-LupaneGwayiWater Supply and Irrigation41, 4
NgwenyaGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply61, 8
InsukaminiGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply21, 3
PollardsGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply53, 3
ExchangeGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply36, 7
ChiveroManyameIrrigation and Water Supply55, 3
ManyameManyameWater Supply and Irrigation60, 1
HaravaManyameWater Supply7, 2
MazvikadeiManyameIrrigation and Mining66
BlockleyManyameIrrigation and Water Supply24, 9
KaroiManyameWater Supply and Irrigation24, 6
MazoweMazoweIrrigation21, 7
Kushinga-PhikhelelaMazoweIrrigation and Water Supply67, 1
MtshabeziMzingwaneIrrigation and Water Supply34, 9
MzingwaneMzingwaneIrrigation and Water Supply2, 3
Upper NcemaMzingwaneWater Supply0, 7
Lower NcemaMzingwaneWater Supply1, 6
ZhovheMzingwaneIrrigation58, 6
SilalabuhwaMzingwaneIrrigation57, 1
InyankuniMzingwaneWater Supply38, 5
Tugwi-MukosiRundeIrrigation37, 1
BangalaRundeIrrigation20, 9
ManjirenjiRundeIrrigation54, 7
MutirikwiRundeWater Supply and Irrigation30, 4
MuzhwiRundeIrrigation and Mining30, 4
GwenoroRundeIrrigation and Water Supply26, 5
SebakweSanyatiWater Supply and Irrigation22, 5
ClawSanyatiIrrigation and Water Supply48, 1
WhitewatersSanyatiWater Supply23,6
WenimbiSaveWater Supply and Irrigation45, 3



3 thoughts on “Dam levels recede

  1. Munyaradzi Reply

    where can i get a list of dams and reservoirs in Mashonaland East. am trying to come up with an investment profile for the province with special focus on agriculture. trid the internet and your website and i ould ony get the big dams only. the snmller ones are not listed


    Sorry my question is not related to the scope of this page but i will be greateful for your assistance.
    Are you familiar with the use of Geoinformation systems in monitoring dams and lake levels, water pollution and growth of invasive aquatic species.

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