Statement on the state of major dams

Tugwi Mukosi Dam -




JULY 16, 2020

Water levels in the country’s dams remain on a downward trend as winter cropping reaches its peak and as some major rivers have stopped flowing. The national dam level average has dropped to below 50% being at 46, 4% as at July 13, 2020. This national dam level average is way below the 68, 8% normally expected during this time of the year. Gwayi Catchment had a dam level average of 40, 4%, Mzingwane Catchment 41, 7%, Runde Catchment 39, 1% and Sanyati Catchment 36, 9%. Manyame, Mazowe and Catchments are the catchments currently with a dam level average above 50% at 68%, 69, 8% and 54, 2% respectively. Largely below normal rains received in the previous season and ongoing draw downs by local authorities and other raw water users also explain the depressed dam levels.

Flows in major rivers have significantly declined with no flows in Runde, Gwayi and Mzingwane Rivers. In cases where flows are still ongoing, the same are quite below the flows expected in the same rivers during this time of the year.

Midlands, Matabeleland North and Harare are the provinces mostly affected by the current water situation and expected to face severe water stress.

ZINWA and other agencies working in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector (WASH) are already on the ground instituting drought response measures to mitigate the impact of the water situation and these include borehole drilling and borehole rehabilitation.

In view of the depressed dam levels, ZINWA appeals to water users across the board to use the available water efficiently and sparingly. Anyone intending to use raw water for purposes other than primary purpose from ZINWA owned or managed dams are required to approach their respective service centres and enter into water abstraction agreements as required by the Water Act. The same should apply to those already using raw water but without the relevant agreements.

Summary of major dams as at July 13, 2020

Bubi-LupaneGwayiWater Supply and Irrigation41, 4
NgwenyaGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply61, 8
InsukaminiGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply21, 4
Lower MgusaGwayiIrrigation57, 2
PollardsGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply57, 2
ExchangeGwayiIrrigation and Water Supply42, 9
ChiveroManyameIrrigation and Water Supply55, 3
ManyameManyameWater Supply and Irrigation65, 2
HaravaManyameWater Supply7, 2
MazvikadeiManyameIrrigation and Mining70, 6
BlockleyManyameIrrigation and Water Supply33, 2
KaroiManyameWater Supply and Irrigation24, 6
MazoweMazoweIrrigation21, 7
Kushinga-PhikhelelaMazoweIrrigation and Water Supply86, 2
MtshabeziMzingwaneIrrigation and Water Supply39, 1
MzingwaneMzingwaneIrrigation and Water Supply2, 3
Upper NcemaMzingwaneWater Supply0, 7
Lower NcemaMzingwaneWater Supply1, 6
ZhovheMzingwaneIrrigation65, 7
SilalabuhwaMzingwaneIrrigation67, 2
InyankuniMzingwaneWater Supply40, 9
BangalaRundeIrrigation29, 2
ManjirenjiRundeIrrigation54, 7
MutirikwiRundeWater Supply and Irrigation34
MuzhwiRundeIrrigation and Mining32
GwenoroRundeIrrigation and Water Supply26, 7
SebakweSanyatiWater Supply and Irrigation29, 8
ClawSanyatiIrrigation and Water Supply54, 9
WhitewatersSanyatiWater Supply24, 1
OsborneSaveIrrigation42, 5
SiyaSaveIrrigation73, 4
WenimbiSaveWater Supply and Irrigation51, 4



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