Gaborone Dam to dry up by September

Gaborone Dam as it appears on the latest water Utilities' update. The Dam was built in 1963, with the wall increased in 1984. It reached its lowest level of 11 percent last year PIC: WUC
Gaborone Dam as it appears on the latest water Utilities' update. The Dam was built in 1963, with the wall increased in 1984. It reached its lowest level of 11 percent last year PIC: WUC

Gaborone Dam is expected to dry up by September if there is no adequate rain and the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) is now scrambling to revive boreholes on the Masama wellfields in Kgatleng, as part of several stopgap measures.

WUC water resource manager, Joel Selemogwe said in Kasane last Friday that the dam is currently 14.7 percent full and they are currently pumping out 54 million litres per day from it.

In an address to the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) annual conference, he said the 141 million cubic metre dam will run dry by September at current usage levels. The WUC is fighting to revive boreholes in Kgatleng and Ramotswa to plug the shortfall.

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