Archive for January 15th, 2008

source: Mmegi

BY THATO CHWAANE
STAFF WRITER

By Friday afternoon, water levels at the Gaborone Dam had gone down from 57 to 56 percent, despite the rain in the previous few days.

According to Matida Mmipi, the Public Relations Manager at Water Utilities Corporation (WUC), this could be due to the fact that it has not been raining in the catchment areas of the dam.

The Molatedi Dam was a measly 13 percent full, Bokaa Dam 96 percent, Nnywane was at 100 percent, Letsibogo Dam was 68 percent while Shashe Dam had hit 102 percent. Mmipi [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

14 January 2008
Posted to the web 14 January 2008

Harare

Residents of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, and Chitungwiza, a dormitory town 35km to the southeast, are to be without water for seven days because of persistent power cuts that have affected bulk water treatment and distribution, the authorities have announced.

A spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA), the parastatal responsible for national water treatment and distribution, told local media at the weekend that the frequent power failures at Harare’s Morton Jaffray Waterworks would mean that “Harare and Chitungwiza will, this whole week, experience a loss of water supplies due to problems beyond our control.”

An outbreak of more than 400 diarrhoea cases – markedly more than expected for this time of year – in two low-income suburbs, Mabvuku and Tafara, during the recent holiday period were attributed to Harare’s already erratic water supplies.

There are fears that the week-long blanket water cut could [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

BY WANETSHA MOSINYI
STAFF WRITER

Current torrential rains could pose production interruptions at some mines, especially in the northern Botswana, if they persist.

The Managing Director of Botswana Ash (Botash) says the rains are already slowing down production at the soda ash mining company. “The rain is posing a challenge because there’s than was predicted,” Dereck Cochrane says.

Sua Pan has already recorded 440 millilitres during this rain season, which is diluting the brine in the solar ponds and affecting the desired evaporation of water from the brine.

But so far the flooded pan has not resulted in serious problems as it has in previous years, but Cochrane is worried that the current rain season is far from over. Botash was badly affected by the heavy rains that hit Botswana in early 2000. The current downpour has however not yet affected the Orapa and [continue reading]