Zimbabwe received very little rains during the 2018/2019 rainfall season. Consequently, many water bodies are drying up leaving farmers at great risk. The recently imposed power cuts by Zimbabwe’s power utility, Zesa Holdings has been attributed to low water levels at Kariba Dam.
Social media messages also suggest that some more dams are drying up. Posting on Facebook, Jason Zhuwawo said:
It never rains but drys!
Harava Dam that supplies raw water to the Prince Edward Water Treatment Plant is drying up. The dam is currently at 7 percent capacity. Treated water from the plant is supplied to Chitungwiza, Hatfield, Sunningdale and parts of Mbare. Council is decommissioning the water plant because there is no water to treat.
The overriding factor in my view is developments on wetlands, and those authorised and authorising property developments on wetlands to a greater extent must be held accountable.
I have seen construction commencing on the Willis Dam wetland in Greendale. There’ll be no water whatsoever in 20 years.
He also posted pictures below.
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