Relief as weekend rain falls in NMB catchment areas

2019-10-02 06:02

BETWEEN 13 and 30mm of rainfall was measured in parts of Nelson Mandela Bay over the past weekend, with 30mm recorded for the Kouga Dam.

Garth Sampson from the PE branch of the South African Weather Service, said that although the PE Airport only received 15.6mm, other areas of the city received above 25mm.

In the Nelson Mandela Bay catchment areas, 13mm was measured for Joubertina, 26.4mm and 30.1mm for Kareedouw, 18mm for Patensie and 30mm for the Kouga Dam.

“Over the city’s main catchment area, between 13 and 30mm was measured.

“However, the public must continue to use water sparingly, as the forecast is for below normal rainfall up to December,” Sampson said.

The drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay is facing a water crisis after dam levels continued to decrease.

The dam levels are at 37.71% as of September 30, with less than 20% usable water left.

Barry Martin, director of water and sanitation, recently admitted that the situation has reached a crisis point.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) was strongly considering switching from tariff B to tariff C, if no rain reached the catchment areas in September.

The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Nomkhita Mona, expressed their concern over the decrease in dam levels in the metro.

Mona said that if there was no constant flow of water in the metro, this would inevitably lead to a job bloodbath, as companies would be forced to close shop and leave thousands of breadwinners without their sources of income.

Mona added, “As the business community, we understand the impact this has on our member companies and for this reason, we are thus taking a stand and playing our role as the business community in exploring innovative ways of saving water.

“The city’s dire water situation demands that both households and businesses collectively start taking matters into their own hands and aggressively monitoring their daily consumption.”

Mona said that they could not rely on any of the delayed municipal projects for potable water, as the Nooitgedacht water scheme had ground to halt due to a myriad reasons.

“This is despite the R233 million received from National Treasury in April after the Eastern Cape was declared a drought-stricken area.

“Part of this windfall was meant to be spent on water-saving efforts,” Mona said.

After numerous queries from the PE Express, the NMBM could not be reached for comment at the time of print.

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