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Water Resources
About the DW

The overall objective of the Department of Water Affairs is to assess, plan, develop and maintain water resources for domestic, agricultural, commercial, industrial and other uses in the whole country.

In order to provide effective leadership for water resources planning, development and management, the department will assist and advise in the formulation of water resources development and management policies. The department assesses, plans, develops and manages water resources for short, medium and long term purposes. It also administers the water law and other related legislations, and liaises with the riparian users of nation and international rivers on the saving, conservation and protection of water resources.

Current Events

Floods in the Okavango and Chobe Regions

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources would like to officially inform the Nation about the prevailing floods in the Okavango and Chobe regions. Further, the Ministry would like to highlight the flooding pattern since the commencement of the floods to the current developments. Informed by the significant increase in discharge and water level readings at Mohembo Gauging Site, we became alive to the possibility of flood disaster in the aforementioned regions. Therefore, on the 20th March 2009, in collaboration with other key stakeholders, the Department of Water Affairs briefed authorities of all the villages under threat so that they can alert their communities about the impending disaster.

Alleged Shortage of Machine Operators at Dikgatlhong Dam

Contrary to allegations of shortage of heavy machine operators at Dikgatlhong Dam Project, construction is continuing as scheduled without any interruption.
The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources is not aware of any skills shortages as alleged in the Btv news bulletin of the 11th May, 2009 featuring Mr Jing Jinke of Sino hydro Corporation. Mr Jinke alleged that there is an existing shortage of experienced dump truck and excavator drivers, bull dozer and roller compactor operators in the Botswana labour market. Consequently, the construction of the Dikgatlhong dam will experience a significant delay.

Water Disconnection Campaign

The public is informed that the Department of Water Affairs, under the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources is engaged in a country wide water disconnection campaign. This is directed to all those who have not been paying their water bills. The Department is owed huge sums of money in arrears of used water. The public is encouraged to pay their water bills to avoid disconnection of water from their homes. For more information, contact the Public Relations office on 3656641.

Reports

The Department of Water affairs publishes periodical reports regarding the water levels of Botswana Dams.

Contact the Department of Water Affairs

The Director Department of Water Affairs

Private Bag 0029, Gaborone

Telephone: +267 3607100

Fax: +267 3903508

 

K. Keetile, Hydrogeologist

Private Bag: 0049 Gaborone

Telephone: +267 3607356

Fax: +267 3903508

 

B. Morake, Senior Hydrogeologist

Telephone: +267 3607382

Fax: +267 3903508

 

S. Sokwane, WAB Secretariat, Water Rights

Telephone: +267 3607340

Fax: +267 3918462

Department of Water Affairs Stations

City

Address

Telephone

Maun

Private Bag 002, Maun

6860452

Mochudi

Box 486, Mochudi

5777330

Francistown

P/Bag F181, Francistown

2412368

Ramotswa

Box 89, Ramotswa

5390225

Thamaga

Box 132, Thamaga

5999219

Moshupa

Private Bag 007, Moshupa

5449228

Molepolole

Box 193, Molepolole

5920263

Mahalapye

P. O. Box 30, Mahalapye

4710251

Ghanzi

P. O. Box 37, Ghanzi

6596226

Kanye

Box 291, Kanye

5442075

Palapye

P. O. Box 21, Palapye

4920285

Tonota

P. O. Box 86, Tonota

2484231

Tsabong

P. O. Box 7, Tsabong

6540216

Serowe

P. O. Box 203, Serowe

4630248

Letlhakane

P. O. Box 8, Letlhakane

2978267

Mogoditshane

 

3973662

Tlokweng

Private Bag 0029, Gabrone

3928241

Gumare

Box 131, Gumare

6874029

Kasane

 

6550323

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