Mutirikwi reaches highest water level in 13 years


MASVINGO – Mutirikwi, the country’s second largest inland dam in Zimbabwe is 81% full, the highest level it has reached since 2008.

Zinwa corporate communications officer Tsungirirai Shoriwa confirmed to The Mirror the new level recorded yesterday.
Shoriwa said that the last time that the dam spilled was in 2008.

The dam’s average water level for the past decade has been around 42% and in one year its level dropped to as low as 18% remaining with just a few weeks water supply and at the same time threatening irrigation activities in Chiredzi.

Mutirikwi is more difficult to fill up than Tokwe-Mukosi, the country’ largest inland dam because of a smaller catchment area and the small size of rivers that feed into it.

The prospect of the dam spilling over this year is however high because of the forecasts that rainfall will continue in Masvingo for the next three months.

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