Rain on its way for catch­ment ar­eas

Go! & Express - - News - ETHIENNE ARENDS

GOOD news for drought-stricken ar­eas; there is some rain ex­pected in the Amath­ole area and other parts of the East­ern Cape over the next few days.

With wa­ter re­stric­tions cur­rently in place in Buf­falo City Metro (BCM) due to the low lev­els of the dams that feed the metro, the rain is more than wel­come.

In the GO! & Ex­press last week, the Depart­ment of Wa­ter Af­fairs and San­i­ta­tion asked ev­ery­one to use wa­ter spar­ingly as the main dams in the Amath­ole area were at 62.7% com­pared with 83.4% last year.

On Tues­day, the DWS web­site showed the big­gest dam, Bri­dle Drift – at 98 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres at full stor­age ca­pac­ity (FSC) – was at 40% full, up from 39.9 last week; Wrig­gleswade (91.5 FSC) was down from 77.6 to 75.9; Na­hoon (19.3 FSC) was up to 53.8% from 52.7 and Laing Dam (19 FSC) was at 101%, the same as last week. The Ac­cuweather web­site pre­dicts more than 60% chance of rain­fall for to­day, to­mor­row and Satur­day where the dams are lo­cated.

It shows a 75% chance of rain for East Lon­don and sur­rounds for to­day and to­mor­row, with a 7% chance of rain on Satur­day. There is also an 83% chance of rain for the Stut­ter­heim area (where Wrig­gleswade Dam is) to­day, drop­ping to 60% to­mor­row and 6% on Satur­day.

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