The prevailing weather conditions has seen seven of the country’s 23 largest dams have reached full capacity. With the country’s largest inland water body, Tokwe-Mukosi, spilling for the first time since commissioning in 2017.
Data from the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) shows that the national dam level average exceeded 82 percent last week. This was compared to 47 percent recorded during the same period last year.
Manyuchi (Masvingo). Tokwe-Mukosi (Masvingo), Sebakwe (Midlands), Zhovhe (Beitbridge), Silalabuhwa Dam (Matabeleland South). Bubi-Lupane (Matabeleland North), Upper Insiza (Matabeleland South) Dams have all reached capacity, with most now spilling.
Marovanyati Dam in Buhera, Manicaland province, which was recently commissioned by President Mnangagwa, is 95 percent full, while Harava Dam is approaching full capacity.
Kariba Dam — the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume — is now 26 percent full.
Zinwa corporate communications and marketing manager, Ms Marjorie Munyonga, said the continued collection of water in dams would likely boost water security for irrigation.
“The country has received substantial rains since the commencement of the rainy season at the end of October 2020, in a development that boosts water security for both irrigation and domestic water needs,” she said.
“As of January 21, 2021, the proportion of the spilling dams had risen to 50,3 percent, up from 47 percent on January 14, 2021. tknews.