Water level at Kariba declines further

Water level at Kariba declines further


The water level in Kariba Dam has lowered by 9 centimetres in the last week closing at 479.54 metres by Monday June 24, 2019.

The Kariba Lake hydro-power station is designed to operate between the levels of 475.5m and 488.5m in order to generate power.

Therefore Zambia and Zimbabwe still have more than 4 metres before reaching the minimum height level for hydro-power generation.

According to the Zambezi River Authority website on the same date last year, the Kariba Lake water level was 486.81 m.

Within the past month, the water has gone down by 32 cm in total.

But this is no valid excuse for subjecting the country to loadshedding as this was expected and if there were normal, good leaders in government, a robust alternative plan would have been devised a long time ago. But PF will continue blaming God for low water in the Zambezi

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    God have mercy on us. Grand our leaders the heart of working for people the heart of mercy ,justice and care for all people.

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    Miles Mulenga 3 weeks ago

    Government was told years and years ago that the power generation needs diversity, i.e. more different sources rather than the reliance on hydro. Zesco was permitted to raise tariffs three times in one year (and wants another one in september) so they could use the extra money coming in to invest in solar etc. But the PF government took all that extra money – and put it in their pockets – so we are still totally reliant on the water levels in Kariba. End of October we will reach the underlimit for power generation (while in the mean time the generation capacity will diminish with the lower levels available)  and the new up and coming rainfall will only reach Kariba in February. The future looks bleak for Zesco and the consumers in Zambia: load shedding will increase dramatically and eventually there won’t be any power. And for once we can’t blame Zesco; they had their plans ready for expansion and diversification, but the funds required were highjacked by the PF,thieves. Thank you, Lungu Liar Pants on Fire!

    And I can only recommend to invest in solar for your home, otherwise it will be dark soon!

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    PF will blame only GOD and UPND for this.

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    Steve 3 weeks ago

    The rainfall will continue to fall in the regions the Zambezi relies on water supply. If hydro power is be developed it’s got to be on the Kafue and rivers in the. North of zambia  as long as deforestation that holds or traps water is controlled. We need to reduce dependence on charcoal and supplying our Chinese Friends all our indigenous timber. God knew why we needed to have all these natural resources. They need to work in equilibrium in order to serve humanity 

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    Tumbe 3 weeks ago

    This is not good for our economy. Government needs to come up with better strategies for domestic and some of the industrial users. In countries where they have little sun shine, all structures have their roofing sheets go solar which cuts homes and selected industroes from the national grid. With good Government policies, and strategies, Zambia shall succeed as power exports will be enhanced!