Dams at critical levels

The recent droughts have taken their toll on national dams, which currently have only about 186 000 Mm³ of water from an available 699 294 Mm³ combined capacity.

14 July 2019 | Disasters

Windhoek • Elvira Hattingh



Dams in Namibia only have 26.7% or 186 820 Mm³ (million cubic meters) of water available, compared to the same time last year when levels stood at 41.9%.

Dams in and around Gobabis are still those that are the most empty. Currently, these dams only have, on average, 1.6% capacity, with the Otjivero dam standing at just 2.8% capacity. The Tilda Viljoen dam currently holds 2.5% water and the Daan Viljoen dam, 1.4%. Together, only around 0.190 Mm³ of water is left in Gobabis’ three dams, compared to the same time last year

Dams in the central region have a total of 17.5% water, with the Von Bach dam currently standing at 41.5% capacity, the Swakoppoort dam at 11.4%, while the Omatako dam is empty. These three dams that provide water to Windhoek, collectively have only about 26 975 m³ water, in comparison to last year’s 48 686 m³.

The Friedenau and Goreangab dams stand at 25.7% and 100.3% respectively.

In the South, the average capacity stands at 33.8%, with the Naute dam currently holding the most water, namely 86.7%.

The Hardap dam, Namibia's largest next to the almost completed Neckartal dam, currently stands at 19% and still contains 56 113 m³ of water. NamWater said earlier that water supply for irrigation around the dam will cease once levels reach 4.5%. Then it was said that this level may already be reached by December this year.

Rehoboth’s Oanob dam stands at 47.7% capacity while the Dreihuk dam holds around 0.3% water. The Bondels dam is completely dry.

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