Marginal increases in water levels were recorded in at least 24 percent of the major dams as at November 11.
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Rains boost dam water levels

WATER levels in some of the country’s major dams have started rising in response to the recent rains, Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) has said.

In a statement, Zinwa corporate communications and marketing manager Marjorie Munyonga said marginal increases in water levels were recorded in at least 24 percent of the major dams as at November 11.

“The national dam storage levels, however, remain on a declining trend as water withdrawals from the dams are still higher than the inflows being recorded. “There was, however, a marked reduction in the rate of water use across the country with the national dam level average closing the past week at 78. 8 percent.

“Some of the dams that have recorded positive inflows so far include Insukamini, Biri, Ngwenya, Manyame, Tuli Makwe, Chimwe, Mundi-Mataga, Nyamafufu, Mushandike, Padre’s Pool, Roswa, Wenimbi, Odzani, Chikomba, Claw, Ngezi, Lower Zivagwe and Bangazaan,” she said.

Munyonga urged water users to use the resource cautiously. “With water being a finite resource, Zinwa urges all water users across the board to continue using the available water sparingly and efficiently.

“The authority further appeals to those using raw water from Zinwa-managed dams to ensure that their water use is in terms of water abstraction agreements as required by the law,” she said. – New Ziana

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