The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) says the water situation at the various national parks in the western region is under control with adequate measures already put in place to avert any disasters on account of water shortages.
With the dry spell being experienced owing to the low rainfall patterns last season, a number of areas like Bulawayo that have decommissioned one of its major supply dams while implementing a 48 hour water shedding regime have started to feel the pinch of the shortage of water.
During any drought, national parks are never spared with wildlife being lost during such periods.
The Zimparks Hwange Zambezi cluster that encompasses Hwange, Matetsi and Zambezi area has been prepared for any eventuality through a number of mitigatory measures.
Hwange National Park and Matetsi now have a total of 150 water pumps with 120 of them being solar powered.
With the addition of more solar pumps and boreholes to these parks in anticipation of the dry period, Hwange Zambezi cluster manager, Mr Samson Chibaya believes that any wildlife disaster has been averted.
“I don’t think we will have any problem considering the current water levels in the majority of our pans which are supplied through artificial water supply either windmill, solar system and few of the boreholes on generator,” he said.
In Matetsi, the resuscitation of windmills has been a major project while the servicing of artificial small dams is being conducted at Matetsi unit 4 area.
A call has however been made by the Authority for continuous aid or support in providing servicing material to the existing pumping stations as well as assistance in scooping of pans that are filled up with mud in these wildlife areas.