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Dam levels in the south critically low

Water levels in dams in the southern part of the country remain critically low, according to latest information from Water Utilities Corporation (WUC).

Gaborone Dam is 29.94 per cent full and unless there is inflow in the next 12 months, the greater Gaborone area may be without water. The reading represents a decrease of 34.33 per cent from last year this month’s 64.27 per cent

The greater Gaborone area comprises Gaborone, Lobatse, Mogoditshane cluster, Tlokweng, Ramotswa cluster and Mochudi.

Meanwhile, Nnywane Dam, which supplies Lobatse is at 20.5 per cent, which is enough to supply the township for four months if there is no inflow.

Last year around this time, Nnywane Dam stood at 61.30 per cent, which was a decrease of 40.8 pe rcent. On one hand, Molatedi Dam in South Africa which also supplies the greater Gaborone stands at 33.33 per cent. 

Last year this time, the water level in the dam stood at 62.62 per cent.  Latest readings indicate a decrease of 29.29 per cent. Bokaa Dam stands at 35.96 per cent and its water can only last for six months.

On the other hand, dams in the central and north eastern parts of the country have seen satisfactory inflow from recent rains.

At 98.76 per cent, Ntimbale Dam has enough supply for over 15 months. Shashe Dam is at 97.34 per cent enough to supply the greater Francistown area for 23 months, while Letsibogo Dam is at 93.98 per cent projected to carry Seleb Phikwe and Mmadinare for 22 months without inflow.

Only Dikgatlholong Dam and Lotsane received little inflow. Dikgatlhong is at 46 per cent while Lotsane is at 13 per cent. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Goweditswe Kome

Location : GABORONE

Event : WUC statement

Date : Feb 28 Thu,2013

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