Dams receive low inflow

17 Jan 2017 07:40am
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) - There has been a slight increase in the water levels of the dams supplying Windhoek over the past week.
A NamWater Dam Bulletin issued on Monday shows that the Omatako Dam water level increased from 0.5 per cent to 1.1 per cent since 12 January 2017.
The Von Bach Dam dropped to 12 per cent over the same period, while there was no change in the Swakoppoort Dam’s water level which still stands at 5.9 per cent.
The level of the Hardap Dam rose over the past week and now stand at 29.7 per cent compared to 26.7 per cent on 03 January 2017.
The water level in the Daan Viljoen Dam decreased by 0.3 per cent from 32.9 per cent on 03 January 2017 to 32.6 per cent in 16 January 2017.
The Oanob Dam water level also decreased over the same period from 25.2 per cent to 25.0 per cent.
According to the hydrological report released by the Namibia Hydrological Services on Monday, the water level of the Okavango River at the Rundu weather station stood at 5.74 metres (m) compared to 5.75m recorded on Friday. This is above the normal level for this time of the year, the report said.
The water level of the same river at Nkurenkuru is currently 2.57m. Last Friday the water level there was 2.92m.
The Orange River in the //Kharas Region also dropped slightly to 0.61m at the Blouputs station.
The Namibian Meteorological Services website indicated that the highest rainfall was recorded at Steenboklaagte in the Omaheke Region with 110 millimetres (mm), followed by Von Lindenquist in the Etosha area with 23.5mm.
Otavi recorded 12mm, Katima Mulilo 11.5mm and Naudubib 11mm over the past two days.