Water levels at Kariba Dam drop further

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Water levels at the Kariba Dam have drastically reduced, Authorities have said.

Currently, the water levels stand at 478.66 meters, 3.16 meters above the minimum operating level from 486.64 meters and 11 meters above operating level recorded last year, according to Boniface Mfula.

The Zambezi River Authority Senior Manager for Water Resources and Environmental Management has attributed the drop to poor rainfall that characterized the 2018/2019 rainy season.

Mfula said out of the 34 billion cubic liters allocated towards power generation for both Zambia and Zimbabwe, only 8.36 Billion cubic liters has remained to be consumed by both countries up to December 2019.

Meanwhile, the Authority has disclosed that works on the 49.2 million Euros coffer dam, required to reshape the 86-meter-deep plunge pool in front of the Kariba dam is scheduled to be completed in the 10 months.

The works which began in June 2017 will subsequently pave way for the reshaping of the dam’s plunge pool through excavation operations using the drill and blast method among others.

Speaking during a media tour of the facility to mark the commemoration of the SADC day, Dam Rehabilitation Project Manager Kozanani Gurukumba has however attributed the delays to complete the works to the unforeseen change in the tender drawings as anticipated.

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