Southern dams receive inflows after dry season

Von Bach Dam

Dams in southern and central Namibia have received inflows of water after rains over their catchment areas during the past weekend.

The Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) reported yesterday that the Hardap, Naute, Oanob, Dreihuk and Bondels dams in southern Namibia and the Von Bach and Omatako dams in central Namibia have received inflows – the first significant addition of water to the reservoirs during the current rainy season.

Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop received an inflow of more than seven million cubic metres of water, pushing its level up from 39,3% at the start of last week to 48% yesterday, while Hardap received an inflow of nearly 1,7 million cubic metres, raising its level from 11,7% a week ago to 12,2% by yesterday.

Dreihuk Dam near Karasburg, which was empty a week ago, received more than 2,9 million cubic metres of water since then, bringing its level to 19,2% of its storage capacity by yesterday. Bondels Dam, also near Karasburg, reached its full capacity after receiving more than 1,1 million cubic metres of water.

Von Bach Dam received an inflow of about 93 000 cubic metres of water, while an inflow of about 58 000 cubic metres into Omatako was also recorded.

The main dam levels reported by NamWater yesterday, with the dams’ readings at the corresponding time a year ago in brackets, are:
Swakoppoort 38,2% (74,7%)
Von Bach 11,3% (27,8%)
Omatako 0,6% (1,6%)
Hardap 12,2% (40,3%)
Neckartal 83,4% (93,2%)
Naute 48% (66%)
Oanob 44,3% (61,2%)
Dreihuk 19,2% (1,4%)
Bondels 102,8% (empty)
Otjivero Main 4,5% (13,6%)
Otjivero Silt 1,3% (0,6%)
Tilda Viljoen 4,5% (41,3%)
Daan Viljoen 5,4% (15,5%)
Olushandja 36,3% (19,8%)
Friedenau 55% (71,3%).

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