Water recorded in Victoria falls to take nine weeks to reach Kariba- ZRA

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The Zambezi River Authority says the high water level recorded at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone is yet to reached the Kariba Dam.

ZRA Chief Executive Officer Munyaradzi Munodawafa made the remarks to President Edgar Lungu, who toured the dam today.

He said the high water volume seen at the Victoria falls will take nine weeks to reach the Kariba dam.

Munodawafa said even when the water levels increase in Lake Kariba the Authority will not allow the two power utility firms to use more than the allocated cubic litres of water for this year.

He said the idea is to reserve water for next year’s use in an event that the dam does not receive enough water due to effects of climate change.

He also said even when the water reaches the Kariba Dam it will not be sufficient to generate the required electricity.

The ZRA Chief also informed the President that the high water levels which were recorded in Chavuma did not all reach Kariba because part of it was used to fill the flood plains in Western province .

And Speaking after listening to the presentation by Zambezi River Authority, President Lungu said government is investing in other sources of energy in order to address the power challenges.

President Lungu said there is also need to look after the environment in order to avoid effects of climate change.

Lungu added that part of the reason why the rainfall pattern is disturbed is because of poor management of the environment.

President Lungu said the investment made in the energy sector will soon start yielding results.

And Energy Minister, Mathew Nkhuwa urged people to take interest and visit the Kariba Dam.

He said it is not fair for politicians to mislead the public that the water levels have risen at Kariba when in fact not.

Nkhuwa said it will take more than three rain seasons to have the required water in the dam.

He said once the Kafue lower and Batoka power projects are worked on, they will help in reducing load shedding in Zambia.

Later, President Lungu toured the Kafue lower Gorge power station which is under construction.

The power station is expected to start generating power before the end of this year.

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5 Responses to Water recorded in Victoria falls to take nine weeks to reach Kariba- ZRA

  1. These people,they like postponding things.In February,they said they are working on importing power today,its about victory falls again…We are tired of loadsheading!please government do something.

    loops
    May 6, 2020 at 9:38 pm
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  2. Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), it is normally advised to: ‘make hay while the sun shines’. Why keep or reserve water instead of generating electricity to serve the economies of Zambia and Zimbabwe which are in fire need of electricity for their industries? It simply does not make sense to me!

    Mumbeti
    May 6, 2020 at 11:25 pm
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  3. Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), it is normally advised to: ‘make hay while the sun shines’. Why keep or reserve water instead of generating electricity to serve the economies of Zambia and Zimbabwe which are in dire need of electricity for their industries? It simply does not make sense to me!

    Mumbeti
    May 6, 2020 at 11:27 pm
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  4. How long is victoria falls from Kariba dam for water to take 2 month 2 reach the dam (lies)

    Fedwiiioo
    May 7, 2020 at 10:05 am
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    • 250 kilometres

      Rea Liti
      May 9, 2020 at 2:25 am
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