ZESCO Signals Looming Load-Shedding Amid Water Crisis

Drought Strains Zambia’s Power Supply

In a concerning development for Zambia, ZESCO has alerted the public to the likely implementation of load-shedding due to the severe drought affecting water levels in key reservoirs, critical for electricity generation.

Critical Water Levels:

  • Kariba and Itezhi Tezhi Dams: Essential water sources for power generation are running low, prompting ZESCO to reduce power output to conserve water.
  • Announcement Venue: The news was shared in Mazabuka, spotlighting the drought’s harsh impact.

Preparatory Measures:

  • Load-Shedding Schedule: ZESCO is finalizing a schedule to manage power distribution, with details to be released after corporate sign-off.
  • Efficiency Appeal: Consumers, especially in the agricultural sector, are called to minimize electricity usage.

Tariff Adjustments on the Horizon:

  • Upcoming Changes: Potential tariff revisions are set for May 1, 2024, though increases are not guaranteed, pending regulatory approval.
  • Possible Rates: Tariffs could climb from 40 to 54 ngwee per kilowatt-hour, pending ERB’s decision.

Agricultural Concerns:

  • Alternative Energy Sources: The Zambia National Farmers Union urges ZESCO to find reliable power alternatives to safeguard food production.
  • Potential Impact: The drought poses a threat to crop success, with small-scale farmers facing up to a 90 percent failure rate.

As Zambia grapples with this power and agricultural challenge, the call for efficient electricity use and the search for alternative energy solutions becomes ever more pressing. The situation underscores the broader implications of climate-related challenges on the country’s economy and food security.

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