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Water levels in Southern Africa continue to rise

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 21 January 2011

As South Africa declares a national disaster due to flooding, other countries in the region hold their breath while water levels continue to rise.

The Zambezi is much higher than is normal for this time of year

With dozens dead and damages exceeding $50 million across eight of its nine provinces, South Africa is experiencing its heaviest floods in years. The Orange River, which runs 2,300 kilometres from Lesotho east to the Atlantic Ocean at the Namibian-South African [border], has reached its highest level in decades.

“The floods are earlier than previous years,” says Maria Amakali, Namibia’s Director of Water Resource Management who sits on the Orange-Senqu River Commission. “Irrigation schemes on the border are flooded, lodges are under water and some small communities are flooded to the point they don’t have drinking water, because the water treatment plants are submerged.”

The Zambezi

“The water in the Zambezi is much higher than is normal for this time of year,” Guido van Langenhove told IPS. “This morning we measured three metres at Katima Mulilo, normally it should be half that.” The Zambezi is considered to be flooding when the water level breaks through the 6-metre mark. Continue reading Water levels in Southern Africa continue to rise

Orange River flood warning

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 11 January 2011

The water affairs department on Tuesday warned of flooding along the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape.

Orange River in flood 2010 – Upington. Photo by Daniel Swart

The department […]

Nine power stations for Lower Orange River

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 09 November 2010

Namibia’s national power utility says plans are moving ahead to construct a series of hydro-electric power stations along the Lower Orange River.

Orange River hydroelectric power project to begin in 2013. Photo by 'coda' under Creative Commons 2.0

NamPower Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba told IPS that they are now finalising a study on the project with a South African company, Clarkson Power, with whom they signed a memorandum of understanding with last year.

The Lower Orange Hydroelectrical Power Scheme will include up to nine run-of-the-river generating stations on a stretch of the river with the potential to generate between 90 and 120 megawatts of power. Shilamba said Nampower expects to generate 45 megawatts from the first two installations.

“We are going to develop the power generating project in two phases, with the first two sites to be developed by 2013,” he said.

Reporting on the utility’s call for tenders, online publication Engineering News said the scheme calls for water to be diverted through 70 kilometres of underground tunnels and five km of canals to drive turbines and produce electricity. Continue reading Nine power stations for Lower Orange River

Orange River baptism alert

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 02 April 2010

The Department of Water Affairs has warned those taking part in baptisms or recreational activities along the Orange River in the Free State over the Easter holidays to be careful.

Vanderkloof Dam. Photo by […]

Drinking water shortage looms following flood surge

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 24 February 2010

Close to 10 000 residents at Aussenkehr in southern Namibia face a severe shortage of drinking water after floodwater from South Africa raised the level of the Orange River.

Orange River. Photo by 'coda' […]