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    Quote Originally Posted by Grubscrew View Post
    They literally started to feed the Vaaldam from Sterkfontein dam, when the good rains started. But yes Randwater is no longer able to supply water sufficiently to all in Gauteng. They need to do a major infrastructure upgrade.
    I'm talking longer term than last year's sterkfontein outlet. We get 30 cumecs from the LHWS pretty much 24x7 into the As river. Without that, both Sterkfontein and the Vaal would have dried up at times.
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    With ocean on two sides of the Western Cape, and the entire length of the Eastern Cape, you'd think the government would've at least attempted some sort of large scale desalination project by now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Voice View Post
    With ocean on two sides of the Western Cape, and the entire length of the Eastern Cape, you'd think the government would've at least attempted some sort of large scale desalination project by now...

    "Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink".
    The cost of desalination was a lot higher till end of 2016.
    Carte Blanche had an episode about it.

    "Sorek can produce a thousand liters of drinking water for 58 cents" that's dollar cents. R7/1000l production.
    Think Israel's average was ~10% cheaper than here with desalination.

    This article is interesting though: https://mg.co.za/article/2018-01-18-...risk-say-profs
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Voice View Post
    With ocean on two sides of the Western Cape, and the entire length of the Eastern Cape, you'd think the government would've at least attempted some sort of large scale desalination project by now...

    "Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink".
    ".......nor any drop to drink" I'm being pedantic
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    Quote Originally Posted by maumau View Post
    ".......nor any drop to drink" I'm being pedantic
    Well played
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    Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels approach 20% mark

    Dam levels are "fast approaching" the 20% mark in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Mayor Athol Trollip has confirmed.
    "The City will need to strengthen its water conservation efforts to avert a looming disaster," the embattled mayor, who has warned locals on several occasions, said in a statement on Facebook.The Nooitgedacht Low Level Water Scheme is expected to provide extra water, but not all supply sources can be supplemented from the same water system, he explained."With only 10.37% of recorded water supply, Kouga Dam is the most affected, while Churchill Dam languishes at 18.08%," said Trollip.

    "The other dams, namely Groendal and Impofu, have a recorded supply of 48.37% and 36.81% - a clear sign of hard times ahead."
    More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/N...-mark-20180425
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    Quote Originally Posted by R13... View Post
    12 month supply left doesn't seem like crisis level to me.
    Ah yes, that's how our politicians think these days mostly. More's nog 'n dag.

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    Tighter water curbs as crisis deepens in Nelson Mandela Bay


    A maximum of 50 litres of water per person per day – that is the appeal from authorities as the already critical water situation worsens.

    The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has announced stricter water restrictions – effective immediately – as the level of dams supplying the metro dropped to a meagre 19.27% this week.

    Mayor Athol Trollip said at a media briefing at City Hall on Wednesday that the municipality had to adapt its plans and come up with a more innovative strategy with regard to water usage.

    “As a city‚ and neighbouring municipalities‚ we rely too heavily on surface water and need to look at other options.
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    Do the Winter rains from the Cape not make their way up the coast? @Gordon_R, any insight here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    Do the Winter rains from the Cape not make their way up the coast? @Gordon_R, any insight here?
    Sometimes cold-fronts do extended up the coast, but its hit and miss. Tonight (Fri 13th) there should be some rain over the E-Cape:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon_R View Post
    Sometimes cold-fronts do extended up the coast, but its hit and miss. Tonight (Fri 13th) there should be some rain over the E-Cape:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan C View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwana View Post
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    Damn you guys need it more than us.
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    Damn you guys need it more than us.
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    Nelson Mandela Bay water supply declines as dam levels become a concern


    PORT ELIZABETH - Eastern Cape dam levels remain stable but dam levels in Nelson Mandela Bay are becoming a concern, the Department of Water and Sanitation has said.

    Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the Algoa Water Supply System, supplying water to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and surrounding areas is on a consistent decline and at the beginning of this week sat at a low 18.1-percent.

    Ratau said that this was a massive decline as compared to 32-percent last year during the same period.
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