The Voice (Francistown)

27 January 2009

Botswana: Rainy Season Fills Up Dams

The Shashe Dam is the only dam in the country that is 100 per cent full. A news release from Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) says Gaborone Dam is currently 51 per cent full and could supply the city and surrounding areas for 19 months without any inflow.

According to WUC Public Relations Officer, Beauty Mokoba, the Gaborone Dam gets water from its catchment areas such as Kanye, Thamaga, Lobatse, Molapowabojang and Gabane. She, however, acknowledged that the presence of several small dams in the catchment area affects the inflow into the dam. She noted that the last time the Gaborone Dam was 100 per cent full was in 2000 following heavy rains. The news release says Molatedi and Bokaa dams are 16 and 48 per cent full respectively.

Nnywane Dam, which was 61 per cent full last week, is now at 82 per cent after heavy rains in the vicinity of the dam while Letsibogo Dam has also risen to 65 per cent full.

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