A local publication, Daily News, has said that Zimbabwe must find ways of harvesting water. These remarks are said when Zimbabwe is facing severe famine and acute scarcity of electricity, both attributed to low rains.
Kariba dam which supplies the Kariba South Hydropower plant for Zimbabwe and the Kariba North Hydropower plant for Zambia. Due to drought and continued use of water, the water in the dam is reportedly dwindling at an unprecedented rate. This has contributed to the power crisis which has resulted in most parts of the country going without power from 0400 hours to 2200 hours daily.
The El-Nino induced drought caused severe famine which has the potential to bring much suffering to citizens if inadequate action is not taken. The irony is that other parts of the country received more than needed rains which destroyed lives and wealth.
Daily News believes Zimbabwe could have learnt from the issues and enhance water harvesting efforts. Part of its article reads:
It is important for government to lead the way by educating the nation on the importance of harvesting the precious liquid, which flows off to the oceans unused if it is not harnessed.
The most common methods are surface run-off harvesting and rooftop rainwater harvesting, both of which can be effective methods of channelling rainwater into reservoirs.
The publication argues that it is essential to construct durable structures capable of holding different amounts of water. It notes that tanks and aquifers are cheaper and better ways of storing rainwater.
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