Friday, May 25, 2018: Water levels at the Masinga Dam, Kenya’s largest hydro power generating dam located in the Seven Forks Cascade, have today morning marginally receded to 1,057.72 meters above sea level (m a.s.l.), from 1,057.75 m a.s.l. that was recorded yesterday.
The marginal decline is attributed to a fringe regression in the amount of water flowing into the dam which currently stands at 405 cubic meters per second as of 6:00am this morning, down from 602 cubic meters per second that was recorded at the same time yesterday. The decline in inflow is attributed to a general reduction in rainfall in the catchment areas whose water feed into the dam. Consequently, the amount of water flowing out of the dam currently stands at 514.6 cubic meters per second a slight reduction from yesterday’s 528 cubic meters per second.
Water levels at other dams located along the cascade continue to have enhanced water levels with Kamburu Dam’s levels currently standing at 1006.12 m a.s.l., while that of Gitaru Dam standing at 924.36 m a.s.l. Kindaruma Dam’s water level stands at 780.19 m a.s.l., while Kiambere Dam’s stands at 701.15 m a.s.l. Dams along the cascade provide a dual function of controlling water levels doing downstream and as well as power generation.
Speaking while giving today’s update, KenGen Managing Director and CEO, Rebecca Miano said:
“We continue to monitor water levels at all hydro power generating dams along the Seven Forks Cascade and also the western region in light of sustained rainfall, during this long rains season. With rainfall marginally reducing over several areas, water levels are seen to be stabilizing in some dams with water levels expected to remain above average over the short term.”
Mrs. Miano added that KenGen is closely working with key stakeholders, including the National and County Governments, as well as other stakeholders, to provide both relevant information and updates regarding water levels at the dams, as well as material support to Kenyans living along the Seven Forks Cascade.
KenGen will continue to provide prompt information on water inflows and levels, which information is an important consideration in facilitating proper management of the situation.
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