Consumers must act as drought bites harder

2015-07-08 09:54

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THE dry winter and lack of rain through most of the province, particularly the inland region, is expected to continue, according to the South African Weather Service.

Climatologist Asmerom Beraki said the general weather pattern forecasts continue to look “warmer and dryer” through the rest of the winter season.

“Coastal regions might get some impact [of rainfall] but the remainder of the country will remain dry,” said Beraki.

He said this would, for example, be why Durban has recently experienced rainfall while Pietermaritzburg has remained dry.

Coastal regions from St Lucia to much of the South Coast experienced rainfall of between 5 mm and 30 mm yesterday.

Beraki said frontal systems appear to be “suppressed” and remain in the ocean, which would explain rainfall only on the coastal regions.

The KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said it “welcomed the rain showers” but insisted the prolonged drought remains “severe”.

“We would need weeks and weeks of sustained rainfall to replenish our fast declining water reservoirs to levels considered safe and sustainable,” said KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

Earlier this year the province received close to R400 million in drought relief from national government.

“Combatting the effects of drought is everybody’s business and we can only ensure sufficient levels in our water reservoirs if we change our consumer behaviour into the future.

“KZN is facing droughts [of] increasing severity and frequency unless our call for coordinated water conservation is met with decisive action by all consumers … Our campaign to conserve water will therefore continue,” said Dube-Ncube.

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