THE volume of rain that fell over large parts of southern Namibia at the start of the week was enough to increase the level of the Neckertal Dam with almost 12%.
Put into perspective the volume of water that flowed into the Neckertal Dam is almost enough to fill the Hardap Dam to the brim.
According to the dam bulletin provided by NamWater when the inflow started on Monday morning, the water level in the dam stood at 9.7%. By Wednesday morning the level stood at 21.6% which represents an increase of 11.9%.
At one stage, the Fish River flowed into the Namibia’s newest dam at a rate of 1 237 cubic metres per second. Although the rate has gone down significantly since Monday water is still flowing into the dam at a rate of about 800 cubic metres per second on Wednesday morning.
Good rains over the catchment area of the various rivers that feed into the Fish River above the Hardap Dam means that the water level in the dam increased with 11.2% since Monday.
The water volume in the dam increased from 25.4% to 36.6% since Monday.
The Naute dam closer to Keetmanshoop also filled up quickly after good rains fell over the catchment areas of the rivers that feed into it.
The water volume in the dam increased with 15.6% after the volume behind the dam wall rose from 67.6% to 83.2.