Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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Rain at LAST for Nelson Mandela Bay! But is it enough?

An air of hope would have filled residents who watched as heavy rain fell over the catchment areas of drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday and Friday.

That is until the grim reality that the sporadic rain were not confined to the drainage basin of the region. Instead, the showers shifted more towards and settled over the Indian Ocean. Expectedly, this would have done enough to take the wind out of the sails of many.

Rain has little impact on Day Zero

Earlier, the Facebook.com/photo?fbid=177498831336752&set=a.142308784855757″ target=”_blank”>SA Weather Service (Saws) issued a yellow level 2 warning for a chance of rain across the province. The weather authority predicted heavy downpours along the coast and adjacent interior between Storms River and Port Alfred.

READ MORE: Day Zero looming: Nelson Mandela Bay dams at combined 12.3%

And so, despite the decent rain, Saws said it would not be enough to delay Day Zero. Friday morning saw unofficial reports of about 180 millilitres of rain measured at Krakeelhoek.

Elsewhere, in the Kareedouw area, the weather service measured more than 50 millimetres of rain. Earlier this month, the first day of water-shedding commenced in the Kouga Local Municipality.

SABC News reported the drop in the water supply was due to low dam levels, including the Churchill Dam, which reached less than 10 per cent capacity.

Boreholes drilled in Nelson Mandela Bay

To stave off Day Zero, the Gift of the Givers Foundation descended on Nelson Mandela Bay on 14 June, with measures afoot to dig boreholes.

Hopefully, the organisation said, this will be an answer to Day Zero. At the time, reports on the ground suggested that the Impofu Dam was pumping silt instead of water.

To make matters worse, widespread water leaks reported account for a loss of about 80 million litres of water daily. Gift of the Givers got stuck in almost immediately and began digging almost a dozen sink boreholes to try and rectify the issue.

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