Monday, March 27, 2023

Water security improves as dams fill up, spill

Beverly Bizeki

Water security in the country is set to improve after incessant rains in the country over the past few weeks have seen a great improvement in water levels in dams with some of them spilling.
Some of the dams spilling are Mutirikwi, Muzhwi, Manyuchi, Woodlands, Nyatare, Makonese, Gozho, Turamura, Chingami, Mundi, Mataga, Chimwe, Matezva and Rozva.
Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) Stakeholder Relations Officer Tsungirirai Shoriwa said the spilling of dams will ensure water security for various uses.
“The filling up and spilling of the dams means improved water security for both irrigation and domestic purposes,” said Shoriwa.
Shoriwa further said the availability of water also meant that irrigation water for the coming irrigation season will be enough and urged farmers to work on the required processes to legally use the water.
“Those intending to irrigate in the coming irrigation season are therefore being advised to start working on the renewal or signing up of their water abstraction agreements as required by the law,” said Shoriwa.
Other dams have also improved in water levels like the Tugwi-Mukosi which is now on 90.4 percent, Siya at 53 percent, Manjirenji at 54 percent and Bangala dam at 61.45 percent.
The improvement of water security in the nation enables government to realize its goals some of which were mentioned at the recently held Regional Water Conference which was held under the theme ‘National Water Roadmaps’ by the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“The government has accelerated the development of critical water infrastructures to address access gaps. We are working on a record twelve dam projects across the country including the Gwayi-Shangani dam,” Mnangagwa is quoted.

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