With the continuing drought countrywide and ongoing water restrictions, predictions of higher-than-usual summer rains in the Eastern Cape offer an uncertain relief.
This, after Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was warned by Eastern Cape Water and Sanitation head Portia Makhanya that unless the metro drastically reduced its water use, forced water cuts would be implemented and legal action taken.
Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said although recent rains in the city were welcome, not much rain had fallen in the dam catchment areas. Dam levels were at 64%, he said. “It is imperative that water use be cut back in all activities,” he said.
SA Weather Service Port Elizabeth branch spokesman Garth Sampson said higher-than-usual summer rain was predicted for the Eastern Cape.
“But we mustn’t think summer rain will solve the problem,” he said.
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