THIS year’s rainy season has provided enough hope for the City of Kings as the city fathers have indicated that the amount of water collected by the city’s supply dams will last for about seven years.
According to the latest council report, the six; Inyankuni, Lower and Upper Ncema, Mtshabezi and Insiza supply dams which are all located in Matabeleland South Province currently stand at 91,98 percent full.
In January, the dams were 56,08 percent full and the heavy rains that fell throughout the country left some of them at full capacity.
According to the report, the water in the six dams is expected to last until around 2024. Each dam has its expected depletion period with Upper Ncema being the first one expected to dry up in 2019 while Mtshabezi will be the last one, in 2024, according to the report.
“The Director of Engineering Services reported that the amount of water in the dams was 91,98 percent an increase from last month’s figure of 56,08 percent. The total volume was 381,385,506m³ of which the usable volume was 364,800,398m³,” reads part of the report.
“During the same period last year, the operational dams contained 162,762,695m³ of water (i.e. 39,26 percent), which was 52,72 percent less than the current storage. Four of the water supply dams were spilling.”
The second largest city, which is situated in the country’s semi-arid region, has in the past endured perennial water shortage which saw residents enduring days without water supplies, a development that economists also cited as one of the major reasons why several companies relocated to other cities mainly the capital, Harare.
The Meteorological Services Department has since announced that the rainy season is over although Mashonaland provinces will continue to experience light showers. —Jeffrey Muvundusi in BULAWAYO