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Zimbabwe: Dam Levels Break Records

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The country has witnessed record breaking national dam levels after gaining an average of 56,9 percent this season.

As at March 1, the national dam level average had risen to 95,9 percent.

In the past week, significant gains were recorded in the Harare water supply dams of Chivero and Manyame as well as Bulawayo water supply dams of Insiza and Upper Ncema pointing to improved water security for the two capitals.

Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) corporate communications and marketing manager, Mrs Marjorie Munyonga said since the beginning of the rainy season, dams have gained an average of 56,9 percent, the highest ever recorded since 1980.

“Before that, the most inflows had been recorded in 1974 when dams gained 55 percent between the beginning of the rainy season and the end of February that year.

“Water levels in the country’s major dams remain on an upward trend on the backdrop of the continued rainfall activity being experienced in various parts of the country,” she said.

In terms of catchment averages, as at March 1, Gwayi Catchment had an average of 102,7 percent, Manyame 81,1 percent, Mazowe 80,4 percent, Mzingwane 89,5 percent, Runde 105,9 percent, Sanyati 105,8 percent and Save 78,7 percent.

The country’s largest inland water body, Tugwi-Mukosi is spilling together with other dams such as Muzhwi, Manyuchi, Biri, Insukamini, Nerutanga and Siya.