The Eastern Cape received some much-needed rain overnight, but not enough to ease the drought experienced in many regions including Nelson Mandela Bay.
Port Elizabeth weather office spokesman Garth Sampson said while the average rainfall for the 24 hours up to 8am on Tuesday was about 15mm, rainfall in the Bay’s catchment areas “varied between a dismal 1mm at Kareedouw to 15mm at Patensie”.
Figures recorded in the catchment areas are: 1mm at Kareedouw, 6mm at Joubertina, 10mm at Kouga Dam and 15mm at Patensie.
Elsewhere, the weather office recorded 33mm at Grahamstown, 21mm at St Albans, 19mm at Lorraine and 14mm at the Third Avenue dip. Graaff-Reinet and Cradock both received 29mm each.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality approved water restrictions late last year with residents expected to reduce water usage by at least 15%. This means watering gardens, plants, golf greens and sports fields and washing vehicles with a hose pipe is banned.
Any residents or businesses found contravening the restrictions could be fined by the municipality or face legal action.