What should be done on the water reservoir behind large dams, which don't have enough water to generate electricity?
Then, what they will be doing with the stored water behind large dam; losing a lot of water on infiltration through the internal permeable surface area of the dam reservoir plus a huge amount of evaporation loss?
Could The "ABOVE-GROUND QANAT"-Concept to Be Extensively Applied , on the Demolished / Cancelled Dams' Water Basins?
A dry river bed Norther Tanzania (File Photo) Photo: Alamy
By Our Foreign Staff
Tanzania is shutting down all its hydropower plants because drought is causing low water levels in its dams, plunging the country deep into an electricity crisis.
The East African nation relies on water to produce more than a third of its power.
However, the plants struggle to operate during the monsoon season or periods of poor rainfall....
With water levels low, shutting off production protects the machinery from damage caused by air getting into the system.
George Simbachawene, the Minister for Energy and Minerals, said black-outs would end in a fortnight and asked for the population to be patient.
“Since we gained independence we have never run out of water to the levels we are seeing today. We must make this most difficult decision of completely switching off the hydro-power plants,” he said, according to The Citizen newspaper.
He added that some dams had almost completely dried out.
The country consumes 870 MW of electricity but is currently generating 105 MW, leaving millions battling power cuts.