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Mtirikwi water level rises to 94,94%


Mtirikwi water level rises to 94,94%


Simbarashe Mtembo


MASVINGO – Mtirikwi Dam which spilled for the first time in 15 years last year has seen water levels rising to 94,94% following recent rains.

The statistics were taken on January 3, 2024.

The water level was at 92,11 on December 15, 2023. Meanwhile Tugwi-Mukosi, the country’s largest inland Dam is now at 86,33% and this is the first time it held lower percentage water than Mtirikwi since its commissioning in 2017.

Information from ZINWA shows that nine medium dams mainly used for water storage and irrigation purposes are spilling over in the Runde Catchment area.

The spilling dams are Muzhwi, Bindangombe, Chedozvo, Makwi, Makonese, Gwenoro, Mapongokwe, Rozva and Nyatare.

Runde Catchment is made up of all river systems that eventually drain into the Runde River. The catchment has 44 dams and is subdivided into five catchment areas, Upper Runde, Lower Runde, Mutirikwi, Chiredzi and Tokwe.

The statistics also show that Mtirikwi Dam water level increased by 0.27 % from Monday to Wednesday this week. The dam was 94.67% full on Monday. The dam level has increased by 2. 67 % from December 20, 2023, when it was it 92. 37% full.

Tugwi Mukosi has increased by 0.14% since Monday and recorded a 1.69% increase since December 20, 2023. The biggest inland dam has spilled since the 2021 rainy season.

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