Water level at Burundi’s main hydropower dam drops

The water level at Rwegura hydropower dam in Kayanza province, some 110 km in the north of the Burundian capital has dropped, but this will not cause a power shortage, energy officials said Wednesday.


“Since the beginning of the dry season by mid June, the water level at the reservoir of Rwegura hydropower dam has dropped of three meters, but this is not alarming because we still have more than eight meters of the water level in the reservoir,” said Celestin Nshimirimana, manager of Rwegura hydropower dam.

According to him, the east African country’s main hydropower dam has continued to supply the necessary energy to users.

“One of the strategies we have put in place is to alternate the use of three machines that the dam has. Depending on the needs, we can operate only one machine or two and in so doing, we save the water. Therefore, we will continue to supply energy normally,” said Nshimirimana.

He indicated that the water level will increase again by September or October at the beginning of the rainy season.

Rwegura hydropower dam is Burundi’s biggest dam that produces 32 megawatts.

The east African country’s total energy production from hydropower dams is estimated at 32 megawatts, and only 3 percent of Burundian citizens have access to hydropower energy. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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