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Low water levels irk ZNFU

ZAMBIA National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says the low water levels at Itezhi-tezhi and Kariba reservoirs are likely to negatively impact on power generation by Zesco Limited this year.

The union has since called for measures by stakeholders to conserve water.

Currently, the 70 percent water level in the Itezhi-tezhi dam is inadequate to support the many projects that Government and the private sector have embarked on. According to information contained in a ZNFU weekly brief issued on Friday, farmers have requested Zesco Limited to conduct some simulations and estimate how many power generation days can be achieved from the water levels available.

“It is, therefore, evident that load shedding on a wider scale could be on the horizon. Other salient points of interest to note [after the season] is an increase in power outages which will affect most farmers in Kabwe and Kapiri area, as Zesco prepares to put in a by-pass in preparation for the upgrading [re-conducting] of the Kabwe/Kapiri 88 kilo- voltage line.

“The current period for this work is April to July, but subject to changes. Zesco Limited will step up customer notification of the outages through ZNFU and short message service during this period,” it says.

The union is happy that Zesco Limited will be engaging various stakeholders such as farmers to discuss ways of conserving water in view of the low levels and to enhance adoption of demand management measures.


Source – Zambia Daily Mail