Tourism And Enviroment

Lake Kariba levels in rising mode


By Nyasha Mutena

Kariba Lake levels continue to rise steadily due to increased inflows into Lake Kariba coming in from the Kariba upper and lower catchment, Zambezi River Authority Chief Executive, Eng Munyaradzi Munodawafa has said.

In the previous update of 3rd March 2021, the lake levels increased by a total of 1.21 meters, increasing from the level of 480.76m recorded on 3rd March 2021 and with an associated live storage of 24.30 BCM, to a lake level of 481.97 meters with a live storage of 30.30 BCM recorded on 7th April 2021.

Eng Munodawafa highlighted that this represents a 25% increase in live storage (usable water) over a period of 37 days.

“The lake level recorded on 7th April 2021 of 481.97 meters has placed the lake level at 6.47 meters above the Minimum Operating Level (MOL) of 475.50m. This places the lake water levels at 6.53 meters below the full supply level of 488.50 meters.

“Last year on the same date (7th April 2020), the Lake level was lower at 478.25m with 12.40 BCM of usable water or 19.17% live storage. This had placed the lake water levels at only 2.7m above the Minimum Operating Level of 475.5m and 10.25m below the full supply level of 488.50m,” added Eng Munodawafa.