Gariep could bring relief

2017-04-19 06:02
Annette Lovemore

Annette Lovemore

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IF torrential rain does not relieve the critical water situation in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro within three months, the metro could possibly receive relief from another source.

Annette Lovemore, Mayoral Committee Member for agriculture, electricity, energy and infrastructure, said last week that phase 2 of the Nooitgedacht Low Level Scheme, which will provide water from the Gariep Dam to the metro, should be completed in July.

“This will ensure an additional 50 mega litres of water per day.

“One must keep in mind that the Churchill Dam, which is currently only at 19%, would probably be empty by that time if the rain stays away.

“Nooitgedacht’s water will only compensate for the loss of the Churchill Dam’s water and will not add anything. This will surely help a lot, especially if the dam gets good runoff after the rain,” said Lovemore.

The metro confirmed last week that there would be an application to the provincial and national government to be declared a disaster drought area later this month.

If the application is successful, it will enable the metro to act sooner and to allocate budget and resources without much trouble to water supply efforts.

  • At the time of going to print on Monday it could not yet be established what impact, if any, this past weekend’s rain had on the dam levels

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