MASVINGO – While most of the dams in the country are now more than 100% full, Masvingo Town and irrigation schemes in the Lowveld are far from being out of the woods as Mutirikwi Dam which is the main source of water is just 20% full.
This is according to the latest figures released by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to The Mirror on Tuesday this week.
The low water levels in Mutirikwi are not surprising as some of the major rivers in its catchment area like Mucheke, Shakashe, Makurumidze and Popoteke Rivers are barely flowing.
The first three rivers have never been full this year and crops in many parts of the catchment area were already at the time rains were received from Cyclone Dineo.
Dams falling under Runde Catchment which covers most of Masvingo are the ones with the lowest water levels in the country with Tokwe-Mukosi sitting second from the bottom at 27,2% and another major dam in the catchment, Manjirenji, sitting at fourth from the bottom with 51,2%.
Third from the bottom is Blockley Dam which is at 45,3%.
The ZINWA statement said although most of the dams are full, the national average for dams is 64.8 %.