No lift for low dam levels

DAM levels across the country remain substantially lower than a year ago, with most water reservoirs not receiving substantial inflows yet during the current rainy season.

According to the Namibia Water Corporation’s latest update on the state of the country’s dams, the three dams on which Windhoek depends for a major part of its water supply – Swakoppoort, Von Bach and Omatako – are currently holding about 30,3 million cubic metres of water, compared to combined contents of 63,3 million cubic metres a year ago.

The three dams are currently filled to 19,6% of their combined storage capacity – less than half of their combined level of 41% a year ago.

The Hardap Dam near Mariental, which is an important source of water for irrigation, is currently storing about 35,8 million cubic metres of water, which is 12,2% of its capacity, compared to a level of about 41,6% (122,8 million cubic metres) at the same time last year.

The Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop, which also stores water for irrigation purposes, holds about 33,2 million cubic metres of water at the moment, compared to 56,6 million cubic metres a year ago.

The main dam levels reported by NamWater yesterday, with the dams’ readings at the corresponding time a year ago in brackets, are:
Swakoppoort 39% (76,4%)
Von Bach 11% (28,7%)
Omatako 0,7% (2,6%)
Hardap 12,2% (41,6%)
Neckartal 83,7% (93,5%)
Naute 39,8% (67,8%)
Oanob 42,7% (62,5%)
Otjivero Main 4,6% (14,7%)
Otjivero Silt 1,9 (0,7%)
Tilda Viljoen 5% (40%)
Daan Viljoen 5,5% (16%)
Olushandja 37,4% (18,3%)
Friedenau 55,4% (72,6%).

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