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|
|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|
|Mtshabezi||Mzingwane||Irrigation and water supply||50.3||3.7|
|Upper Ncema||Mzingwane||Water supply||19.1||11.0|
|Lower Ncema||Mzingwane||Water supply||16.7||5.2|
|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|
|Wenimbi||Save||Water supply and irrigation||102.4||0.7|