OPENING OF SPILLWAY GATES AT KARIBA DAM

  DURING THE 20 1 1/ 12 HYDROLOGICAL SEASON, INFLOWS INTO LAKE KARIBA WERE ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THE MOST PARTS OF THE HYDROLOGICAL YEAR . THIS INFLOW REGIME RESULTED IN RELATIVELY HIGH LAKE LEVELS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 20 12/ 13 HYDROLOGICAL SEASON SUCH THATAS OF 3 1″‘JANUARY 2013,THE STORAGE OF LAKE KARISA WAS AT 65% FULL

IN LINE WITH THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM fSARCOFj STATEMENT,THE PERIOD OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2012 RECORDED GENERALLY NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR MOST OF THE LAKE KARISA CATCHMENT.SIMILAR RAINFALL PATTERN IS EXPECTED FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY -MARCH 2013.

IN ORDER TO ATTAIN RECOMMENDED DAM LEVELS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR ,IT IS IMPERATIVE  TO BRING DOWNTHE LAKE LEVELS BY WAY OF SPILLING.

THEAUTHORTY WOULD THEREFORE, LIKE TO INFORM ALL STAKEHOLDERS THAT UP TO THREE SPILLWAY GATES AT THE KARIBA DAM MIGHT BE OPENED IN MARCH 20 13. PL.EASE NOTE THAT THE EXACT DATE ANO TIME OFTHE GATE OPENING WILL BE COMMUNICATED IN DUE COURSE.

 

THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE COMMUNITIES ALONG THE ZAMBEZI RIVER DOWNSTREAM OF KARISA DAM ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THIS NOTICE SERIOUSLY AND AVO I D POTENTIAL LOSS OF LIFE ANO/OR PROPERTY DUE TO FLOODING ARISING FROM THE SPILLING.

MEANWHILE. THE AUTHORITY CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE HYDRO-METEOROLOGICAL PATTERNS VIS-A-VIS ENERGY GENERATION SITUATION.

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