Drought far from over

By Drum Digital
04 December 2015

Recent rainfall across the country have only had little if no effect on the current drought situation.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

An expert has advised South African citizens to continue using water wisely, saying that the recent rainfall across the country have only had little if no effect on the current drought situation.

Hydrologist and Chairperson of the Disaster Management Centre at the Department of Water and Sanitation, Dr Beason Mwaka said despite the recent rainfall, dam levels are dropping at a rate of 1 %.  He said that the biggest dam in the country, the Gariep Dam situated in the Free State, is particularly worrying because it was a nerve-centre for the generation of electricity for Eskom.

Mwaka said at the beginning of this week, the dam level was measured at 54,4 % compared to 71,2 % in the same period last year, and it was measured at 55,4 % last week which means it has dropped by 1 %. “The soil would become slightly moisture overnight but the little amount of rain water was lost to evaporation as the heatwave returned the next day,” he said.

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