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Nelson Mandela Bay dams critical due to low rains and added burden of COVID-19

Apr 15, 2020
Nelson Mandela Bay dams critical due to low rains and added burden of COVID-19

Port Elizabeth - The Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service on Wednesday said that with all talk of the COVID-19 pandemic, little heed has been given to the Nelson Mandela Bay's dwindling water resources.

"With the average dam levels of the metro sitting at 23.24%, no major rainfall has been recorded so far this year over the western half of the Eastern Cape," said Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer Eastern Cape South African Weather Service.

"Although the western half has had on average 35 mm above the norm for the period January to March, the Langkloof has had a mere 15 mm above the norm.

 "The eastern half has been more fortunate, receiving on average 114 mm above the norm for the same period.

 "Although the public is encouraged to wash hands regularly, water should be used sparingly."

 

Total Rainfall 1st 3 months 2020 JAN/FEB/MARCH

Eastern Half of Eastern Cape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

AVE

2020-AVE

Queenstown/Komani

396

231

165

Molteno

340

270

70

Jamestown

255

178

77

Mthatha

324

282

42

Fort Beaufort

347

165

182

Bisho

293

166

127

Dohne

417

300

117

Port Alfred

244

137

107

Grahamstown/Makanla

300

151

149

East London

353

248

105

 

 

 

 

AVERAGE

326.9

212.8

114.1

Western Half of Eastern Cape

2020

AVE

2020-AVE

 

2020

AVE

 

Graaf Reinet

219

132

87

Cradock

249

172

77

Joubertina

70

84

-14

Kareedouw

126

126

Patensie

192

131

61

Middleton

121

142

-21

Addo

227

127

100

Port Elizabeth

118

124

-6

 

 

 

 

AVERAGE

165.25

129.75

35.5

 

Rain Measured last night

 

Station Names

15

Nelson Mandela Bay

 

AWOS

Port Elizabeth Airport

7.4

ARS

3rd Ave Dip

3.4

ARS

Blue Horizon Bay

3.8

ARS

Chetty

1.4

AWS

Coega

2.6

AWSH

Fettes Road

5.0

ARS

Flower Reserve

0.4

AWSH

Motherwell

*

ARS

Riverstone Bridge

3.6

ARS

St Albans

0.6

AWS

Uitenhage

NIL

MAN

Woodridge

0.8

Catchment

 

AWS

Joubertina

NIL

ARS

Kareedouw

NIL

Man

Kareedouw

NIL

Man

Kouga Dam

NIL

AWS

Patensie

NIL

Man

 

 

Other Towns

 

AWS

Addo

NIL

AWS

Bisho/KWT

9.2

AWS

Cape St Francis

0.4

AWS

Cradock

0.2

AWS

East London

9.6

AWS

Fort Beaufort

8.0

AWS

George

NIL

AWS

Graaff Reinet

0.2

AWS

Grahamstown

1.4

AWS

Henry`s Flats

NIL

AWS

Joubertina

NIL

AWS

Mossel Bay

NIL

AWS

Mthatha

18.0

AWS

Plettenberg bay

NIL

AWS

Port Alfred

12.0

AWS

Queenstown

3.6

* no contact

0.0 = Drops

 

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