Reservoirs in south Mozambique have enough water to sustain agricultural activities

22 September 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Sept – The reservoirs in the south of Mozambique, specifically at Massingir, Corumana and Umbelúzi, contain enough water for agriculture for the next agricultural campaign, according to an assessment by the Southern Regional Water Administration (ARA-Sul), which sis responsible for managing the reservoirs.

Figures published by the technical department of ARA-Sul cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, said that the Massingir dam was 67.75 percent of its total storage level, which was a volume of 1.513 billion cubic metres of water.

According to the same source, that quantity of water is enough to meet the needs of the around 90,000 hectares of land located downstream of the reservoir, specifically the Eduardo Mondlane irrigation area, in Chókwè, and the Baixo Limpopo area, in Xai-Xai.

Demand for water in the Limpopo basin is estimated at just over 250 million cubic metres per year.

In relation to Corumana, the water level in the reservoirs was said to be 78.3 percent, which is equivalent to 685.95 million cubic metres.

In its turn, at the Pequenos Libombos dam, on the Umbelúzi river, the water level is at 73.21 percent of the total, a drop of 13.7 percentage points against the same period of last year, but ARA-Sul has given assurances that the available water, which totals 281.57 million cubic metres – it is possible to meet irrigation demands downstream.

This facility was designed with a view to supplying water to the city of Maputo, which consumes 10,000 cubic metres of water per hour and the dam also irrigates 13,000 hectares of agricultural land. (macauhub)