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Nelson Mandela Bay’s dams jump 22% in a single week

What a difference a week makes. After Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality — the metropolitan area surrounding Port Elizabeth — last week reported dam levels just below the 18% mark, that number has more than doubled this week.

A weather system which passed through the area this past weekend, which brought snow to areas of the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape’s high mountains, also dropped considerable rainfall over the Municipality.

As a result, Nelson Mandela Bay’s dam levels are now at 39.9% full. The Churchill Dam in particular is now 90.5% full, filling up more than 65%.

Yes, the situation remains critical, but it does explain just how much influence a single weekend can have on the scope of a water crisis.

Snow was still visible across the mountains near Graaf-Reinet and Cradock this week, so expect these levels to creep a bit higher before next week’s report.

Feature image: Churchill Dam, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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