Lake levels worryingly low

Water levels in the country’s largest inland lake, Lake
 Mutirikwi, have reached an all time low, causing panic and
 uncertainty among Masvingo residents and the sugar cane growing

The lake is less that 14 percent full but some experts have said it is too early to panic.
Masvingo did not receive good rainfall this year and therefore
water levels remained low.
Former Masvingo mayor Alderman Femias Chakabuda said the Masvingo
 community had every reason to worry since this was the lowest water levels had ever been for this time of the year.

“I am not a water expert but simple logic tells us that if the water
level is this low now, we should brace ourselves for
serious water shortages,” he said.

At the current rate of drainage into the lowveld, the shortage is likely to affect sugar plantations. However, a senior Masvingo resident and lawyer who has been working
with the Masvingo city council for years, Thomas Makonese, said it was
too early to panic.

“The current water
shortage in Masvingo is not about water scarcity but it is about our
 capacity to pump that water,” said Makonese. According to information provided by the Zimbabwe National Water
 Authority, most major dams in Masvingo are less than 20 percent full.

Some of the major dams that provide water for sugar cane irrigation in
the lowveld include Manjerenje, Bangala and Siya.

Meanwhile the Masvingo city council has introduced water rationing measures.

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