No joy at the dams despite the good rains

No joy at the dams despite the good rains

10 May 2021 11:36

The SA Weather Service's Gqeberha office on Monday said that the slight rise in dam levels that supply the Nelson Mandela Bay has been "very disappointing to say the least".

"Overall, we actually had a drop of -0.1%," noted Garth Sampson, SA Weather Service Client Liaison Officer (Eastern Cape Region).

"However, considering that we have an average of a 0.46% drop per week, one can thus assume that there was in fact a real rise of 0.45%, but that has been used up already.

"Some hope is that there is still inflow into the dams, although minimal and the rate is decreasing by the hour."

 Sampson added that, although, the inflow is disappointing, it did buy the region another week (highlighted in yellow in table), till we reach the critical 10%, where extraction from the dams becomes extremely difficult.

 "The week ahead looks completely dry is our neck of the woods, which is further disappointing for our water woes," he added.

 "Another interesting fact is that many would believe that the rain so far this month is above normal.

"Although only a third of the month has passed, the 42 mm received thus far is well below the average of 58 mm for May."

 Sampson added; "The above shows the importance of using water sparingly.

 "It starts with KNOWING your consumption and reading your meter DAILY."

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