The lake is a main source of water in the region. Zinwa Masvingo Area Manager, Johannes Juma, said the move was necessary to provide for domestic consumption by Masvingo urban residents.
“The water level in Mutirikwi has dropped so we are reserving the water in the dam for domestic consumption only. We have stopped supplying the Lowveld and this will certainly affect sugar cane production as many farmers will be forced to reduce their hectarage,” he said
Statics obtained at the Zinwa offices show that Mutirikwi’s capacity is well below last August’s 25.52 percent, while Bangala had a sharp drop of 19.36 percent from 25.35 percent the previous year. Muzhwi , Manjirenje and Manyuchi dams also recorded significant drops.