Rain not enough to beat Cape Town drought - Weather SA

2017-01-27 18:20
Localised flooding has affected parts of Cape Town after a heavy downpour. (Maxine Bezuidenhout)

Localised flooding has affected parts of Cape Town after a heavy downpour. (Maxine Bezuidenhout)

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Cape Town – The recent rainfall in Cape Town is not enough to beat the drought affecting the city, Weather SA said on Friday.

"The rain does not make a difference to dam levels, because it is just too little. Dams with such a large capacity need at least 100mm of rain to see a difference in water levels," forecaster Stella Nake said.

The city has received 24.4mm of rain in the past 24 hours.  

In Villiersdorp, where Cape Town’s Theewaterskloof dam is situated, 32.4mm of rain fell. Stellenbosch received 39.4mm of rain. 

READ: Harsher water restrictions approved for Cape Town

Nake said no rain was expected over the next seven days, and no heavy rain for the next two months.

The City of Cape Town introduced Level 3B water restrictions on Thursday. This means watering and irrigation of gardens may only take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00, for not more than one hour a day, and only with the use of a bucket or watering can.

Irrigation may also not take place within two days of rainfall. Those using boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt from the restrictions.

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