Some of the country’s major dams have started recording increases in water levels as most parts of the country continue to receive rains. Dams in the Matabeleland area have shown a positive increase in the latest recording and a number of community dams have since been recorded full during the festive season.

The national dam level average has also risen to 49.0% which shows a rapid change since the last recording though the figure is still below the national average expected during this time of the year. The dam level average is usually around 60% during this period of the year.

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority continues to urge water users in all sectors to use the available water very sparingly and to practice rainwater harvesting. In case of floods people are advised to move to higher ground and to keep watching and listening to radio and TV.

The Authority also appeals to irrigating farmers and other raw water users to ensure that they enter into water abstraction agreements with ZINWA as is required under the water Act. Any use without the necessary documentation is illegal and offenders are liable to prosecution or risk having their supplies disconnected.

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




Catchment Purpose % Full % Change since 03/01/2017
Lower Mgusa Gwayi Irrigation 102.2 8.2
Khami Gwayi irrigation 100.0 0.0
Insukamini Gwayi irrigation 92.4 30.3
Bupi Lupane Gwayi Irrigation and water supply 57.5 6.8
Manyame Manyame Water supply and irrigation 80.1 1.0
Mazvikadei Manyame Irrigation and mining 82.0 0.1
Chivero Manyame Irrigation and water supply 66.2 3.5
Nyambuya Mazowe Irrigation and water supply 100.0 0.0
Kushinga Phikhelela Mazowe Irrigation and water supply 90.2 13.4
Rufaro Mazowe Irrigation, water supply and industry 85.2 -0.3
Mazowe Mazowe Irrigation 4.8 0.0
Mtshabezi Mzingwane Irrigation and water supply 50.3 3.7
Upper Ncema Mzingwane Water supply 19.1 11.0
Zhove Mzingwane Irrigation 109.8 13.0
Lower Ncema Mzingwane Water supply 16.7 5.2
Manjirenji Runde Irrigation 10.7 1.2
Mutirikwi Runde Water supply and irrigation 7.4 1.0
Muzhwi Runde Irrigation and mining 32.4 7.7
Sebakwe (STAGE 11) Sanyati Water supply and irrigation 55.5 9.6
Whitewaters Sanyati Water supply 33.2 0.0
Odzani Save Water supply 102.2 2.8
Wenimbi Save Water supply and irrigation 102.4 0.7
Siya Save Irrigation 20.7 2.7
Osborne Save Irrigation 28.8 3.3

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