THE Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has warned of continued depleting dam water levels around the country, a situation which could trigger a water and sanitation crisis.
By Michael Gwarisa
Through their microblogging site, ZINWA said most rivers have since stopped flowing, resulting in water levels drastically falling over the past few months.
Our dams continue on a downward trajectory as most rivers have stopped flowing while the intensification of winter cropping has increased outflows. The national dam level average is now 66,8%.
“During the same week last year, the national dam level average was 83%. Tugwi Mukosi is 52,9% full, Mazvikadei 90,6%, Mazowe 72,8%, Mtshabezi 79,9%, Upper Ncema 4,8%, Lower Ncema 73,3 percent and Mtilikwi 51,9%,” said ZINWA.
Meanwhile, ZINWA said they have put in place a drought response committee to find ways of mitigating the impact of the decline water levels. Measures will include drilling boreholes for hard hit communities, releasing water from dams with better levels to those with depressed levels as well as water conservation awareness campaigns.