Hardap Dam level drops to 6.4%

22 January 2020 | Disasters

The Hardap Dam's level has dropped even further since last week.

Even though the dam received its first inflow since 2018 last week after some rain fell in the catchment area, the level has decreased by 0.635 million cubic metres of water. The dam currently contains only 18.952 million cubic metres, leaving it just 6.4% full compared to last week's 6.6%.

NamWater has indicated that it will cut supply to the Hardap irrigation scheme at the end of this month if the dam does not receive sufficient inflow.

“The low water levels at Hardap, the central area dams and the Omdel and Otjivero dams remain a concern,” said Andre Mostert, NamWater's manager of hydrology.

The average of the dams in the central areas of Namibia currently stands at 18.2%, in comparison to last season's 26.5%. The Swakoppoort Dam is 5.4% full, down from 5.5% last week. Last season it stood at 21.7%.

The Von Bach Dam is currently 38.9% full. The level decreased from last week's 39.5%. Last season, the dam was 50.5% full.

The level of the Omatako Dam also decreased from 15.8% to 15.5%. Last season the dam was only 1% full.

Meanwhile, the Friedenau Dam is 20.6% full, while last week the level was 20.7%. In comparison, last season the level stood at 31.3%.

Furthermore, dams in the Gobabis area are, on average, at 7.9% full.

The Otjivero Main Dam's level is 7.1% after it decreased from 9%, while the Tilda Viljoen Dam is 32.2% full. It decreased from 32.8% last week. The Daan Viljoen Dam is 59% full after its level dropped from 62.2%.

The average of the dams in the south stands at 22.5% in comparison to last season when they were 39.6% full. The Naute Dam is 77.1% full, while Oanob Dam's level is at 37%. The Dreihuk, Bondels and Omaruru Delta dams are all empty.

ELLANIE SMIT

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