Rain fills up major dams in Swaziland

Lubovane Dam. Photo: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – (ADV), The rain has boosted four of Swaziland’s major dams in the past two weeks.

The Swaziland Department of Water Affairs Director, Trevor Shongwe recently told media that the rain has enabled the Ministry to abstract the surplus water for storage in the dams and encourages citizens to follow suit.

“The nation is encouraged to use household technologies to harvest the rain water currently being received throughout the country,” said Shongwe.

Located in the Great Usuthu, the Lubovane Dam currently stores the highest amount of water and is now over spilling. This is as a result of the increased amount of water flowing in the Great Usuthu River.

The Hawane dam on the Mbuluzi River has also showed some improvement, moving from 52 percent observed on the 17th December 2018 to 54 percent.  Luphohlo dam on the Lusushwana river is showing improvement in storage as it has increased from 55.6 percent on the 17th December 218 to 67.7 percent.

However, he Maguga and Mnjoli dams have continued to maintain nearly the same amount of storage as observed on the 17th December 2018 and are currently at 67.1 percent and 61.6 percent. Shongwe says the Ministry greatly appreciates the rain that is currently being received and they look forward to more down pours for the betterment of the national water situation.

Shongwe urged citizens to be very cautious on the rivers and dams in the country.

 “We are urging the nation to be very cautious when crossing river systems as water levels in most of our major rivers have increased. Motorists should also be very vigilant when crossing bridges which may not be very visible due to the increase river flows.”

Shongwe added that the Ministry through the Department of Water Affairs continues to monitor the water situation and will periodically advise the nation on any changes in the water situation.

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