State Of Major Dams As At 13 January 2017

The current rainy spell the country is going through continues to boost a number of dams countrywide. A number of dams have recorded increases in water levels with major gains having been noted for dams such as Bubi-Lupane dam which recorded a 7,5% upward movement, Chivero Dam which recorded a 5,8% increase, Amapogokwe with a 6,9% increase and Bangala which also recorded a 6,8% upward movement. Muzhwi is also among the dams that have recorded major gains with its levels rising by 14,%.

Some small sized and medium sized dams are now full and spilling. Dams that are now full include Pollards, Harava,Nyamaropa, Tuli Makwe, Lower Mujeni, Nyambuya and Wenimbi.

However no movement has been recorded for Mazowe Dam, which remains stagnant at 4,8% while Mutirikwi dam has had a slight increase of 0,4% which left 7,8% full.

The national dam level average now stands at 50,4% up from 49% as of January 12, 2017.

ZINWA continues to implore all water users to use the available water very sparingly, especially those in areas where the dams have not yet recorded significant improvements. The Authority further implores all those intending to use water from ZINWA managed dams to come forward and enter into water abstraction agreements with ZINWA as required by law.

The table below shows the current state of major dams across the country

Catchment Purpose % Full % Change since 09/01/2017
Lower Mgusa Gwayi Irrigation 102.6 0.4
Khami Gwayi irrigation 100.0 0.0
Insukamini Gwayi irrigation 96.1 3.8
Bupi Lupane Gwayi Irrigation and water supply 65.0 7.5
Manyame Manyame Water supply and irrigation 83.1 3.1
Mazvikadei Manyame Irrigation and mining 82.4 0.1
Chivero Manyame Irrigation and water supply 72.1 5.8
Nyambuya Mazowe Irrigation and water supply 100.0 0.0
Kushinga Phikhelela Mazowe Irrigation and water supply 100.0 9.8
Rufaro Mazowe Irrigation, water supply and industry 85.8 0.
Mazowe Mazowe Irrigation 4.8 0.0
Mtshabezi Mzingwane Irrigation and water supply 50.9 0.6
Upper Ncema Mzingwane Water supply 22.5 3.4
Zhove Mzingwane Irrigation 102.2 -7.5
Lower Ncema Mzingwane Water supply 16.3 -0.4
Manjirenji Runde Irrigation 11.7 1.0
Mutirikwi Runde Water supply and irrigation 7.8 0.4
Muzhwi Runde Irrigation and mining 47.3 14.9
Sebakwe (STAGE 11) Sanyati Water supply and irrigation 55.5 0.0
Whitewaters Sanyati Water supply 33.2 0.0
Odzani Save Water supply 101.9 -0.3
Wenimbi Save Water supply and irrigation 102.2 -0.1
Siya Save Irrigation 22.6 1.9
Osborne Save Irrigation 30.4 1.6

5 thoughts on “State Of Major Dams As At 13 January 2017

  1. Quinton Reply


    I work for World Vision Int’l and one of my roles is to provide information on dam levels as part of early warning signs. This information helps to plan, among other things, the need to plan for drought relief.

    Can I get a direct report as a ‘pop-up to my e-mail box ‘ when ever you publish a new ‘ State of Dams Report ?’

    Thank you.

  2. james hampton Reply

    Great to have this site available but possibly review the DWS SA site for inclusion of status the previous year, capacity etc

  3. Eddie Mwero Reply

    Can you please do a weekly update of dam levels since we are in the rain season. This is critical to us citizens and the areas we are located in as we have a lot of interest in the safety of our water.

    I am in Masvingo.

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