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Neckartal Dam water levels surpass 50 per cent

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The Neckartal Dam located about 80 kilometres south-west of Keetmanshoop was 60.5 per cent full on Friday. Information availed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform said the dam contained 518.54 million cubic meters of water, translating into […]

The Neckartal Dam located about 80 kilometres south-west of Keetmanshoop was 60.5 per cent full on Friday.

Information availed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform said the dam contained 518.54 million cubic meters of water, translating into 60.50 per cent.

The ministry said the water inflow rate was 948.95 cubic metres per second.

The dam was built at a cost of N.dollars 5.5 billion to supply the planned 5 000 hectare Neckartal irrigation project.

Last year the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Calle Schlettwein said his ministry is in the process of looking into methods to finance the irrigation scheme project. Maize, wheat, dates, grapes, mangos, avocados are some of the crops that will be planted.

Neckartal Dam is located in the Berseba Constituency and is the largest dam in Namibia with a carrying capacity of about 857 million cubic metres – three times the size of the Hardap Dam near Mariental in the Hardap Region.

Meanwhile, the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) on Friday said water in the Naute Dam some 50 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop stood at 109.2 per cent.

The inflow at Naute was 432 cubic meters per second, while about 500 cubic meters was being released per second.

About a week ago NamWater opened all four sluices to the dam to release water as the dam was 116 per cent full. This however damaged some of the plantations at the Naute irrigation scheme.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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