Dam levels increase after good inflows
03 March 2020 | Weather
This increased the average level of the country's dams from 35% since last Monday to 47.4% by yesterday.
The Hardap Dam, which received the bulk of the inflow, gained 23.9 million cubic metres of water. Its level increased from 20.6% to 28.7%. The dam is now nearly as full as it was the same time last season when the level stood at 28.1%.
In the central areas of Namibia, the average of dam levels stood at 73.1% by yesterday, in comparison to last week's 49.4%. The dams recorded inflow of 39 million cubic metres of water during the past week. Last season, the average level was 24.3%.
The Swakoppoort Dam received inflow 21.6 million cubic metres of water. This increased the level from 34.9% to 69.1%. Last season, the level of the dam stood at 18.3%.
Meanwhile, the level of the Von Bach increased from 82.4% to 99.4% after receiving inflow of 8.07 million cubic metres of water. However, the sluice gates at the dam had to be opened from 21:00 on Sunday night to 05:00 yesterday morning to keep the level of the dam at 99%. Last season, the dam was only 47.3% full.
The Omatako Dam also recorded inflow of 8.3 million cubic metres of water. This increased its level from 33% to 52.2%. Last season, the level stood at 0.2%.
An inflow of 0.994 million cubic metres was recorded at the Friedenhau Dam, increasing its level from 29.8% to 44.5%.
In the south, the average dam levels increased from 34.1% to 44.8%. An inflow of 45.7 million cubic metres of water was recorded.
The Naute Dam received an inflow of 5.5 million cubic metres of water and its level increased from 80.45% to 87.1%.
The Oanob Dam recorded inflow of 13.1 million cubic metres of water, which increased the dam's level from 52.6% to 90.5%, while the Dreihuk Dam's level increased from 2.1% to 15.4%. It received inflow of two million cubic metres of water.
The Bondels Dam received inflow of more than one million cubic metres of water, and its level increased from 5.3% to 10.2%.
Meanwhile, the average of the dams in the area of Gobabis stand at 21%, increasing from 17.6%. A total inflow of 0.646 million cubic metres was recorded at the Otjivero Main Dam (16.9%), Otjivero Slit Dam (21.6), Tilda Viljoen Dam (32.7%) and the Daan Viljoen Dam (69.1%).
The Omaruru Delta Dam received inflow of 1.287 million cubic metres of water. Its level increased to 3.7% after being empty.
The level of the Omatjenne Dam in the north increased from 3.6% to 11.9%, after receiving inflow of 0.422 million cubic metres of water.
The SADC Climate Services Centre has also warned several countries in the region, including Namibia, of a likelihood of heavy rains until Wednesday.
It said in a statement that there is a likelihood of rainfall exceeding 50mm in a 24-hour period in some parts of the region during the period 27 February to 4 March.
“These rains are likely to result in localised flooding in certain areas,” it said.