Good early rains but the drought is still here

but the drought is still here

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Date 21 June 2018
Author Tatum Sieni
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While we have had some good early winter rainfall and our canals have not only filled up but have been over flowing, we need to remember the Western Cape is still in the midst of its worst drought in more than a century and there is a long way to go until we are out of the woods, says Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association.

Tony Ross of the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort, who has been collecting daily rainfall figures at Oasis for over 10 years, says his rain-gauge measured 55.0mm of rain on the night of 31 May which was the equal highest rainfall in one day since November 2009.

According to Tony, it took the May total to 102.3mm which was the highest May total since 2010.

Blackshaw said during March and April the harvesting of aquatic plants in the canals and boat trips around Intaka had to be suspended due to the dramatic drop in canal water levels.

“Thanks to the recent rains which have filled the canals, both these operations have been able to resume.”

Although the recent cold fronts brought good rains to the catchment areas of the city’s major dams raising levels to above 30%, water storage was still low and a long way off the 85% the authorities require before water restrictions can be lifted.

Blackshaw said the Department of Water Affairs & Sanitation will meet in late September early October to see what the total winter rainfall has been like and will then decide on whether or not water restrictions can be eased.

"In some places around the world when there is a drought it is very dry and there is no rain whatsoever so people are continually reminded that there is a drought. Cape Town is different. You can get wet going outside and the landscape has changed from brown to green but we are still in a drought and we need to remind ourselves that even if it is pelting down with rain, we must keep our water use to a minimum and every drop still counts’”